by Rex Yancey

Accepting Our Limitations
Rex Yancey
Psalm 90

Harry Emerson Fosdick said, ''Life is a land-scaping job. We are handed a site, ample or small, rugged or flat, picturesque or commonplace, whose general outlines and contours are largely determined for us. Both limitation and opportunity are involved in every site, and the most unforeseeable results ensue from the handling-some grand opportunities are muffed, and some utterly unpromising situations become notable. The basic elements in any personal site are bound to appear in the end no matter what is done with them, as a landscape still reveals its size and its major shapes and contours, whatever the landscape architect may do. These basic elements however are to be accepted, never as humiliations, commonly as limitations, but most of all as opportunities and incentives.''

A man or woman should do the best he/she can do with the life granted him /her by God. We have what he has given us and we are responsible for it. In every case, there is potential and promise. However, we must work to reach our potential.

One of the hard lessons of life for us to learn is that every person has limitations. In one of Clint Eastwood's movies the actor says, ''A man has to know his limitations.'' This is not only true in the movies; it is true in life.


Psalm 90:10 ''As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years, yet there pride is but labor and sorrow; for soon it is gone and we fly away.

If we live to be seventy, we have 25,550 days to live. That means that at age 10 we have 21,900 left. At age 15, we have 20,075 left. At age 40, we have 10,950 left. At age 60, we have 3,650 left. If you are seventy or older consider yourself BLESSED!

We cannot take life for granted. Proverbs 27:1 says, ''Do not boast about tomorrow.'' James 4:14 says ''What is your life? It is even as a vapor that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away.

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