Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Four Ways to Find Personal Limitations

Personal limitations deal with those areas which are wrong for you personally. These boundaries do not apply to everyone. They may or may not change as you age. Rather, they protect an area of brokenness where your ability to separate good and evil is hampered. As a result, your limitations are particular to you. How then do you figure out which limitations you need?

1. Know your heart. We have all sinned and have been impacted by sin (Romans 3:23). How sin impacts us, however, varies from person to person. Some deal with tempers. Others struggle with lust. Or perhaps greed or worry is your particular difficulty. The key is to identify the area(s) of weakness. So what is your personality? What tempts you most? What do you tend to overindulge in—whether an activity, food, or type of media? What do you fear? Which lies do you tend to believe? The answers can point to an area of weakness.
2. Observe your actions. Actions often speak louder than words. So pay attention to how you react to what is going on around you. What distracts you from what you should be doing? What disturbs your sleep? What angers or depresses? These might point to potential problems.
3. Consider your relationships. We live in a broken world. This means we don’t live alone. It also means the people around us are broken too. And people affect people. What you do can affect me. What I do can affect you. Now I’m not responsible for your actions. But I am responsible for mine. So am I choosing relationships that will strengthen me rather than prey on my weaknesses? More than that, am I acting in a way that strengthens others rather than preying on their weaknesses—what Scripture calls placing a stumbling block in front of my brother? Is there a way I need to limit myself for the sake of those around me—whether a child, a spouse, or a friend?
4. Finally, check your environment. Personal limitations deal with blind spots. Blind spots frequently develop from desensitization. Desensitization results from constant exposure. So what errors are you consistently exposed to due to the area you live in, the occupation you work at, or the people you engage with? You may need extra safety measures in these areas.

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