Facing Your Limits

Today's topic is boundaries.

Boundaries can be a unit of measure.

They tell us how far we can go, how much of something we can have or can do.

We all have boundaries, we may not respect them but we have them.

They're for our protection.

When we have land boundaries it lets everyone know where they belong and where they don't belong, what they are responsible for and what they aren't responsible for.

It's the same way in life.

Sometimes we cross our boundaries and we know it right away. The stress is overwhelming.
The alarms sound.

Sometimes they don't.

Or maybe they do but we're in so deep we can't hear them.

We cross our boundaries and fail to hear the alarm when we over commit or take on to much but somehow get it all done.

Everyone is proud of us and talks about how much we do and we think everything is okay.
We think we got by with it.
We think we've done it all.

But is it really okay, did we really do it all?

Did we really get by with it?

We may have got a lot accomplished, we may have pulled it off, but do we ever consider what we gave up or let go to  accomplish it?

How much time did we give up with our husbands, our children, our churches or our God?

We've got to learn to think long and hard before we commit to anything.

Think about your boundaries.

Think about where you belong and what you are responsible for.

You may be an organized person but you might be at a time in your life when your organizational skills are best used in your home.

You might have an empty nest and your boundaries have enlarged and your skills are needed by the community.

Know your boundaries, know what you are responsible for and accept it then embrace it.

Proverbs 2:1-6

"My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding."

Ask for wisdom when making your commitments and with the above verse in mind complete the following sentence.

"From now on, before I take on anymore activities I will seek God's guidance first by.........."

Some of those ways might be by examining your time out of the home, the financial cost, the reason you want to take the commit on in the first place, could it be a self serving reason?

Nancy Leigh Demoss sums it up like this.

"The truth is all I have to do is the work God assigns me...The frustration comes when I attempt to take on responsibilities  that are not on His agenda for me.  When I establish my own agenda or let others determine priorities for my life, rather than taking time to discern what it is that God wants to do, I end up buried."

Don't waste time feeling buried, know your boundaries.

Boundaries are not a bad thing, they show us our freedoms and help us face our limits.


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