So to get unstuck and get out of the life-rut you are in and begin moving, once again, into God’s plan and purpose for your life we have seen…
1> Consider what’s best
2> Clarify what’s best
a> The priority of loving God
b> The priority of loving others
c> The priority of loving yourself
Today let’s start to look at #3 – “Choose What’s Best.”
Once you have clarified what is God’s best in your life (step 2), the next thing you need to do is actually choose these priorities. You need to make intentional, planned decisions that elevate what is best and remove what is merely good.
Doing so will require courage.
As Moses was dying, he told his successor, Joshua, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed” (Deuteronomy 31:7-8).
It takes zero courage to stay in a rut. It takes grit and spunk to rouse yourself to climb out and move forward. So, to get out of your rut – whatever it might be – have the courage to do something new. Whatever God leads you to do, move forward, grow, change, adjust, learn, conquer. Once you establish your priorities, find the courage to say “no” to some things and “yes” to others. There are two areas where this kind of courage to make life changes are required.
a> Courage to embrace your limitations
First, embrace your limitations. Do you have any of those? We all do! Beware of living in denial. To change and adjust so as to move forward in your journey with Jesus you have to be realistic. To overcome that feeling of being overwhelmed by life you will need to embrace your limitations. Progress comes by embracing your God-given limits. Yes, they are God-given because He created you.
Some limits have to do with your age or stage in life.
Some of your limitations have to do with the gifts God has given you or the location where He’s placed you.
Perhaps you battle a handicap or a chronic illness, or you’re a caregiver for someone who does. Maybe you have a dysfunctional family member, or you live in a dangerous area. You might be on a fixed income or you couldn’t afford to go to college, or your job is being phased out. Whatever they are, accept your limitations; don’t use them as an excuse for not doing what God assigns you.
Even the Lord Jesus Christ had limitations. As almighty God, of course, He had no limitations. He was and is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving. Not even the entire universe can contain Him. His power, might, grace, holiness, and justice are limitless, boundless, and measureless. But when the Son of God entered the human race in Bethlehem, He was confined within the animal’s feeding trough. He grew up in a small hillside town. He did no recorded miracles for the first thirty years of Hid life and He lived in submission His parents.
When Jesus began His ministry, He didn’t fly around like an angel from one preaching assignment to another. He didn’t even have a horse or donkey, except on one known occasion. He said, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20).
Jesus’ area of ministry was limited to a little strip of land along the Mediterranean, and He never visited the great cities of His day: Athens, Rome, Milan, Alexandria, Carthage. He had a limited education, a limited income, and a limited time for His work — only about three years. Oh, and His nation wasn’t free; it was occupied by Roman soldiers.
The limitless Son of God was financially, geographically, chronologically, politically, and physically limited. And then His limitations became far more stringent. On the cross, He became so limited by the nails in His hands and feet. He was unable to wipe the blood from His eyes or scatter the flies from His face.
Yes His limitations worked for the advantage of the whole world. Imagine that!
Limitations should never become excuses for staying where you are. Your priorities are determined by the gifts God has given you, your stage in life, and your personal shortcomings. Doesn’t the Bible say something about God’s strength being made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9)?
So have the courage to embrace your limitations and move forward so as to overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed by life.