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Topic: Satisfied (10/11/04)

TITLE: Admitting our Limitations
By Karen Treharne
10/17/04

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It seems that most of us have a problem with pride. We donít want to admit that weíre not in control of everything; that weíre not the best at everything; and that we canít change everything. We accept our humanity intellectually, but not emotionally. So what happens when weíre faced with our own limitations? We become irritated, angry and resentful.

We want to be taller or shorter, smarter, stronger, more talented, more beautiful and wealthier. We want to have it all and do it all - and we become upset when we canít make it happen. We are often dissatisfied with the gifts God has given us. The characteristics that God has given to others somehow seem better than the ones he has given to us, and we respond with envy, jealousy and self-pity because we have been deprived and denied.

We each have received unique gifts and talents; we encounter spiritual opportunities every day; and God gives us energy, relationships and resources. So why are we discontented? Does our disgruntled attitude bring satisfaction to God? No. Maybe instead of changing the things we desire, we need to change our way of thinking about the things we want.

What would happen if we ignored our own ideas of appreciation or approval and focused on Godís will? On satisfying Godís wish for our life? I believe we would reflect love. Love to God, to others - and to ourselves. Mother Teresa said ďItís not what you do, but how much love you put into it that matters.Ē

But itís not enough to understand the problem. How do we learn a new value system? How do we achieve a different mind-set? God doesnít want us to become gods; he want us to become godly - by taking on his values, attitudes and character. He wants us to grow up spiritually and become like Christ.

To achieve spiritual growth requires an intentional commitment. We must want to grow, decide to grow, make an effort to grow and persist in growing. Ephesians 4:14a says, ďWe are not meant to remain as children.Ē With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can become more Christ-like in our behavior. We can put selfish thinking behind us which determines the way we feel and act, and thereby change our conduct and our character.

Pride in ourselves is a stumbling block to leading a satisfying life in Godís will. Instead of seeking the endorsement of others and striving to be better than those around us, we need to focus on what we have in common, and on being realistic and patient with our limitations. We need to let go, and let God take over so that He is satisfied.


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Dori Knight10/19/04
very good essay! thanks for writing this, i enjoyed it. blessings ~ dori
Rita Garcia10/19/04
Karen, Well written, lots of food for thought. Blessings, Rita
Dave Wagner10/20/04
You make some really good points in this piece, many of which I wholeheartedly agree with. One facet is lacking, in my opinion (taken for what it's worth)...

>> We must want to grow, decide to grow, make an effort to grow and persist in growing.<<

If this is a "must" situation (as I agree it is), it would complete the piece to describe what would happen, as a Christian, if we do not do this. Is there any punishment or consequences if as a Christian, I don't make an effort to grow? If I'm happy with what/where I am, and am content to simply "wait for heaven"? Again, if it is a "must", then that implies a consequence for those that don't. Including that consequence could have given your points more urgency.

Thanks for posting.
Mary Elder-Criss10/23/04
Karen,

I really idenitifed with your opening paragraphs...God's been really dealing with me lately about being dissastisfied with what He has given me, so it hit home. Thanks for sharing, even though some of it made me wince.
Joanne Malley10/23/04
Karen,
This article brings out many good points. I enjoyed the dose of truth as well as the read.
Warm wishes,
Joanne