I’ve been thinking a lot about limits lately. Probably none of my current friends know this, but for many years, I lived by the motto “Blind to Limitations.” My AOL screen name was byndlimits (beyond limits). I can tell you that the motto did not serve me well.
Now, I was not a rebellious kid. I wasn’t attracted to that phrase because I liked to have some sort of skater kid mentality. I used that line to strive for perfection. To be the best that I could be in athletics, work, friendships, and relationships. It still didn’t serve me well.
Just today, I realized why. I didn’t persist … I didn’t go beyond limits … out of a place of love or peace or sound mind. I went beyond limits in an attempt to prove myself. To earn my place. To fight insecurity. It’s not surprising that it was as addictive as crack and that it never quite paid off.
My revelation came from focusing on Galatians 5:22-23 (thanks, N.).
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.—Galatians 5:22-23
The strange thing about this verse is that even thought my eyes were fully opened today, I have been submitting to this verse for about three years now. It’s a verse that hangs on my wall in my home. I first memorized it. Then started applying it. Then, realizing that I could not even attempt to do this on my own, prayed to God to bear fruit in these ways and to open my eyes, soften my heart. But when my friend called out this verse on her Facebook page 2 weeks ago, I was stunned because I had only memorized half the verse. I had stopped after self-control. But that last phrase is so essential.And it was so personal to me.
I CAN go beyond limitations WHEN I am persisting in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Neither the Kingdom of Darkness nor this world can hold me back because God has told me these are boundless areas to explore. I won’t get hurt. I won’t be bound.
There is no law against love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. I love the freedom.