EVEN WITH LIMITATIONS
by Babangida Joseph
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Sometimes we look at people who are more opportuned than we are and conclude they succeeded only because they don't face the challenges and difficulties we had. We tend to categorize them as those who were born with silver spoons in their mouths. But not all the people who made it in life had it on a platter of gold. Some of them have to grapple with incredible odds to make it in life. They made it in spite of their limitations and not because they didn't have any.
Often times our preoccupation is with our limitation. We spend less time, if any, honing our skills. We seem to bury our talents, gifts, and endowment in the face of adversity. We magnify the things that limit us instead of those qualities that bring out the champion in us.
Almost everyone who became great had limitations. But even with their limitations, they kept their eyes fixed on the prize, activated their potentials, and beat the odds to achieve greatness! The same can be said of us even with the things that limit us, if we would go beyond the limits and reach out into the deep and let out our potentials.
It was said of Jephthah, he "was a mighty man of valor, but he was the son of a harlot" (Judges11:1). His mother was a woman of despicable character. He was kicked out by his brothers and disinherited from his father's properties. That was his 'but'. Jephthah however, did not allow his 'but' to overshadow the mighty man of valor that he was. He, even with his limitations, was willing to make something of himself other than how others looked at him. Though chased out of
his father's house, he became a mighty warrior, a deliverer, aleader and a ruler.
"Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honourable man . . . by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper (2 Kings 5:1). Naaman also has a 'but'. But he kept on serving in the army. He didn't quit because of his leprosy. That he couldn't effectively handle a sword has nothing to do with him being an excellent strategist. He kept on being a great general. He kept on routing one enemy after the other claiming the victory for his nation.
Moses couldn't even talk right. He stutters badly. That was his 'but'. But his limitation didn't stop him from becoming one of the greatest men to ever grace this earth.
Even with his limitation, Zacchaeus had an encounter with Christ Jesus that revolutionalized his life. His size was his 'but'. His determination to see Jesus despite his limitation ended up with him playing host to Jesus and having salvation coming to his house.
As I write this, my left arm is cast in POP due to a domestic accident that fractured my wrist. That should be a 'but' - a limitation. But the pain in my arm didn't stop my mind from getting inspired nor did it stop me from penning down the thought you are reading right now.
What about you my friend? What is that 'but' stopping you from doing all the great stuffs running through your mind? Is it a stammering tongue? Is the limitation in your health? The limitation could be in the circumstances of your birth, your gender, social status, ethnicity, or race. Whatever it is, don't let it stop you from becoming who God made you to be.
You may not be born with a silver spoon in your mouth but with dirt up your fingernails. With grit and determination, you can let the whole world know you started with nothing, that even with your limitation, the dirt up your fingernails has given way and now it is with a golden spoon in your hand that you nourish your body, spirit and soul. Be yourself. Manage your limitations and attain the highest height God has designed specifically for you.
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