Accepting Our Limitations

July 5, 2018

 

Jesus promises us, in St. Matthew’s gospel that His “yoke is easy and his burden is light” (Mt 11:30). It seems that we can only experience this kind of interior peace and freedom once we learn to accept our limitations, the thorns that God permits in our lives. This certainly was not an easy thing for St. Paul. St. Paul says in 2 Cor. 12:7-12, “Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” Accepting, being content with our limitations and thorns that God permits in our lives is not easy. While the grace that comes from prayer and the sacraments are essential, I believe that being content with our limitations is easier if we incorporate three attitudes into our daily life. First, keeping your focus off of self. It is easy to insist that God do things our way, rather than His way. Second, being content with our limitations comes when we listen more to others rather than talk about ourselves. Listening and being attentive to others is so important. Third, working toward doing random acts of kindness is also a great way to be more content with our limitations. Doing things for others with no agenda can be amazing. Constantly humbling ourselves before the Lord and before those around us is no better way to experience interior fruitfulness, strength and peace. As St. Paul reminds us, God’s “grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” Isn’t that amazing, “power is made perfect in weakness.” Actively working on accepting our limits, allowing ourselves to be weak and vulnerable in prayer and with others, is exactly the path towards finding that peace, love and joy that we so desire, even in those worst of times. 

 

 

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