I’m such a sucker for technology. I always want the newest and greatest gadget. I justify my addiction by saying things like, “This will help me be more productive,” or “I’ll easily make my money back from that in 3 months.”
In reality, I feel limited, and I don’t like that feeling at all. When I sense the forces of constraints surround me, the act of creating is the last thing that I want to do. So I buy things to fill that void.
If for some reason I’m not able to get my hands on that precious technology, that’s when I start making up excuses for why I need it.
“Well, I’m limited in how I can create this. If I only had (insert the latest gadget) I would be able to accomplish it.”
That’s what I tell myself at least. The thing is, once I get said product, I always end back at square one, thinking I need something else to help my limitations.
“Much of the beauty that arises in art comes from the struggle an artist wages with his limited medium” - Henri Matisse.
Counter to what I feel, limitations free us to be more creative. It forces us to be creative.
Having limits is having freedom.
If we don’t have limits, would we even have to think about our problems?
Wouldn’t we have it all figured out?
There would be no need for creativity.
There would be no need for problem-solving.
There would be no need for God.
What Does Scripture Say About Limitations?
“Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size - abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. 2 Corinthians 12:10
“Our Lord is great, with limitless strength; we’ll never comprehend what he knows and does.” - Psalm 147:5
“Do you have any idea how powerful God is? Have you ever heard of a teacher like him? Has anyone ever had to tell him what to do, or correct him, saying, ‘You did that all wrong!’? Remember, then, to praise his workmanship, which is so often celebrated in song. Everybody sees it; nobody is too far away to see it.” - Job 36:22-25
Isn’t it interesting that an all-knowing, limitless God created us?
That the author of limitless potential found ‘good’ in us limited, finite beings. The God of the universe who can’t be contained by any force made himself into flesh and bones and submitted himself to the limits of this world. He did all of these things not just to live among us but to become one of us. Then in the humblest of forms, he fulfilled the most significant sacrifice known to man.
Our limits are set in place to bring glory to the One without restrictions.
Your limits are a reminder that you can’t do it all without holy intervention
Our limitations can be gifts if we allow them be. Sure, at first glance they can seem like a failure, burnout, or an unforgiving season of life. However, our limits tell us things about ourselves. They show us what we are genuinely passionate about…and what we’re not.
Our limitations can act as an inspiration to achieve the impossible. Once we get past the victim mentality, where every flaw is seen as an inhibitor, that’s when we will truly flourish.
Here are three ways on how to let your limits improve your hustle.
1. Set A Timer
If you’re working on a project that seems daunting and you have no idea where to start, set a timer for 30 minutes. Having time work against you is a good motivator. Try to squeeze as much as you can in those 30 minutes. Once the timer goes off, take a break and pick up a different project. Rinse and repeat.
2. Two Pizza Teams
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, made the term “two-pizza teams” rule. If your team can’t be fed with two pizzas, it’s too big. Adding more cooks to the kitchen is a common trap that a lot of people fall into. By constraining the number of people that you have working on the project, it will enable people to be more creative and productive.
3. Small Tasks
Constrain your tasks to small goals. Focus on minor changes rather than significant ones. When we focus on the 30,000 feet view of our goal, it can be a little daunting to accomplish. However, if you break your goal as far down as you can, it will be easier to achieve.
Today, may you embrace your limitations. Embrace the fact that you are human and you can’t do it all. When people tell you that the sky’s the limit, know that’s not true. To create change, there has to be a limit. Be relieved to show up with all your fears, insecurities, and limitations and know that God without limits has it under control.
Have you used your limits to aid your creativity? How’d it go?