Living Matters: Embrace your limits

Before becoming a minister I was on track to be a scientist. I had in mind to be one of those crazy ones that was always trying something crazy and getting the lab blown up.

There was something about the sciences that was soothing to me. In the end I came to believe that it was the logic of it all. You chased down a set up observations, built a theory and tried to prove it.

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Instead I ended up in the people business where I still chase down a lot of observations but rarely can I build a good theory. People are way too unpredictable.

As I have matured through life I have come to realize that I can’t make everything fit into a nice neat package. In math, I could usually work until the equation was solved but with people I have to just accept them for who they are. That is tough for most of us.

A Vancouver snow day would just as well test this theory. How many people get frustrated over the weather’s lack of cooperation with their plans? How many people have embraced the snow day and just enjoyed it? How many of us can accept that we are far less in control than we think?

The bible encourages us to be careful in how we laid in our plans. It says that rather than say, “I think I’ll do this or go here,” we should say, “If the Lord will I will do this or go there.” (James 4:13-14)

Subtle difference but yet it is a significant one. It is one that demonstrates a willingness to let go of control. Embrace your limits and go enjoy a snow day!

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