“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:13-14).
I recently took a personality test on temperament and scored a perfect 10 on ‘introvert.’ I had to laugh as I wondered how I’d managed to do radio for 23 years. Of course, other than technical feedback I’ve never had a microphone talk back to me so I guess it makes sense. And over the years, I’ve learned to become a ‘professional extrovert.’
However, the exercise helped me understand my limitations with people. I’d spent a good deal of time trying to figure out how to love people better, be more extroverted, network better, schedule more lunches and so on and so forth. I used to think my faith was weak so I’d pray that God would fix my personality so I’d be more tolerant of people. When really, I enjoy people very much, just in smaller groups and settings.
My point is that not all of our limitations are bad. Yes, sometimes we have limitations because of past difficulties and we need to work through those. The key is figuring out the difference between those, and our natural God given traits that make us unique.
We are told in In Isaiah 64:8 that we are “the clay,” and God is “the potter,” and that we are all “the work” of His hand.
Each one of us is completely unique. No two people are exactly the same. It’s because we were designed by the greatest artist of all time.
As you face challenges with people and situations in life, it helps to remember that there are things that come easy for you that are difficult for others.
What are some things about yourself that you perceived as limitations that you now recognize as gifts designed to fulfill the unique purpose God has for you?