In this day and age when everything and anything is possible it is all to easy to forget that we are human beings with limitations.  We cannot do it all, we cannot have it all, we cannot be it all – we have limitations.

Here are four limitations that I think most mums have to deal with at some stage

  • 24 hours – we have limited time
  • Family Budget – we have limited resources
  • Energy levels – we are not like the energizer rabbit – we run out of energy
  • Understanding – we do not know it all

Often acknowledging such limitations is seen as a weakness – We are told “Come on! You can do better than that!”  “You can do more – you have it within you!”   But Paul made a statement that is so very true – when I am weak I am strong.  (2 Cor 12:10) Accepting our limitations, and relying on God takes us to places that our own abilities simply cannot.

When we accept that we only have 24 hours in the day – we need to be responsible with how we spend our time.  We need to use it wisely – we never get another shot at the same 24 hour – it is a one off opportunity.

When we accept that we have limitations with how much money we spend it drives us to be grateful for what we do have and to be resourceful/creative in using it wisely.  Creativity is a God given gift that helps us with our limitations.

When we accept that we have limited energy levels we begin to look after ourselves.  Can you imagine how sad it would be if Jesus knocked on your door and you so wished you could invite him in for dinner but you were simply too tired!  Well, Jesus asks us to feed our family, to feed those in need, to be available to the hurting etc.   The number one strategy here is to learn to say ‘no’ – we need to say no to some things so we can say yes to others.  We need to know God’s priorities for our days – God, Family and then others.  We meed to protect our energy levels so we can attend to the things God has for us.

When we accept that we have limited understanding it drives us to our knees – God has said, if we lack wisdom all we need to do is ask!  (James 1:5) We live in the “information age” and there is a subtle lie that we can know it all – or probably more realistically – we can Google it all.  But God is the author of all things and He is waiting to show us insights and wisdom for the things in our life.  We just need to ask!

Apparently super-woman doesn’t exist – neither does super-Christian.  We are just regular people, with limitations but we do have a God that knows no limits.  He knows all about our 24 hours, our money, our energy and our understanding.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

Trying to do it all is hard work – it is a heavy load to carry.   It is my choice though.

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