How Limitations Can Make Life Meaningful

Every one of us has a limitation in our lives. It might be a glass ceiling at work, how you’re treated because of your race or religion, or a physical limitation like the loss of a limb or the inability to see, hear, or walk. Some create more limitations than others, but we’ve all got at least one.

One of mine is dyslexia. All my life it’s been a struggle to read. I was in the “slow group” for most of Elementary school and got made fun of a lot because of how long it took me to sound out words. For most of my childhood I didn’t think I could amount to anything.

Through tutoring and special classes I can read a lot better and genuinely enjoy to read. There are still days when dyslexia gets the best of me, but I’m much more confident in my reading and the contribution I can make in the world. Now I spend a lot of my time helping kids read and understand God’s Word because some very special people took the time to help me read and understand words when I was a kid.

The limitation that plagued me as a child is now what I use to make a difference in kid’s lives.

I think that’s how God works. He takes a pain or a limitation and uses it, through us, to help people get through what we went through. 

Doing what I do today brings me joy. There are days when it’s tough. There are days when I wish I didn’t struggle with this. And there are days when it’s downright frustrating.

But when I move beyond that; when I see how my pain, when channeled right, can ease the pain of others I am driven to keep going. In those moments when I make a difference in a kid’s life like mine, I know I am doing what I was born to do and am truly happy.

Your limitations don’t limit what God can do through you.

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