By: Maggie Leonard
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
Reflection—v. 3, Don’t eat from it, and don’t touch it
If boundaries are primarily about how folks engage one another—what we allow or don’t allow—limits are about our own awareness about that of which one is personally capable. Limits are about what we can do or can’t do emotionally. If I can’t touch my toes, I shouldn’t force my physical limit lest I risk pulling something. If I’m at my emotional limit, I shouldn’t continue having a difficult conversation, lest I yell and stop real communication. This doesn’t mean that I take a break from the conversation forever, but rather until I regain control of my reaction to my emotions. Being aware of my limits is a way that I have the humility and vulnerability to admit what I cannot do—and to continue to pursue personal growth toward love. Limits are not meant to be an excuse for poor behavior, something to which I point and make excuses for how I’ve hurt others, but rather a marker of where I am today. In noticing my limits, perhaps I can celebrate where I have grown and it gives me an idea of the work I have yet to do. Our limits are not always static, if I wake up tired and grumpy (which never really happen, by the way…) my emotional limit will look different than a day when I am feeling well rested and energized. During Lent we do the important work of surveying ourselves and being honest about our strengths and limits.
Prayer Healing God, help me to clearly see myself without judgement, that it might help me to take a step back when necessary and to keep growing toward you.