Tuesday, March 5, 2013

It’s Not a Limitation Unless You Make It One

Daniel was ten years old and wanted to take Judo lessons. His parents signed him up and handed him over to his Judo master. After three months the teacher had only taught him one move. Daniel asked if he could learn some additional moves. The master said, “No, that’s the only one you’ll need.”

After several months of perfecting that one move, Daniel was entered in a tournament. He easily won the first two matches but struggled on the third until the other boy came at him. Daniel used his only move and quickly had the boy pinned on the mat. He was now in the finals where the boys are bigger and stronger.

The referee called time out and told his teacher he was afraid Daniel would get hurt in this round. He wanted them to forfeit. The master said, “No, he’ll do fine.”

The bigger boy came at Daniel. In a matter of seconds he had the boy pinned on the mat. Daniel won the tournament.

On the way home he asked his teacher how he won. The teacher said, “The move I taught you is the hardest to learn but has the greatest success. And the only way to defend against it is to grab your left arm.”

By the way, Daniel had lost his left arm in a car wreck a couple of years before.

We are quick to assume our limitations are actually restrictions which make God powerless to accomplish His best in our lives. We've had a set-back, have a condition, don’t meet the requirements, and yet, He says: “Eyes have not seen, nor have ears heard, nor has it even entered into the heart of man what I have prepared for him.”

Doesn’t sound like God is in the least bit affected by limitations.

Limitations are imposed restrictions. Yes, most of them are real, but they are not the end of the story. Just because I cannot do everything I wish I could do, I can do everything God intends for me to do. "I can do all things through Christ..."

I feel a joy dance coming on!

Question: What do you regularly hold up as an obstacle which limits you from enjoying the goodness of God?

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