Embrace Your Limitations. Realize Your True Calling

When You’re NOT CALLED to things that You Want to Be from Jathan Maricelli on Vimeo.

I thought I would become the pastor of my father’s church someday. That didn’t happen. He recently retired and transitioned the church to someone else. Although I’ve been on board with this transition from the beginning, I have had to take a quite a dose of humility along the way.  I WASN’T GIFTED to do something that I originally thought I was. I had unrealized limitations.

This is what happens the moment you have a head-on collision with your limitations.

The Liberty of Admitting Limitations

On the other side of humility, however, beautiful things have begun to unfold. God is releasing new areas of gifting in me I didn’t realize I possessed. This can happen for you as well.

Unfortunately, I see many people stubbornly misapplying their affections as they play to their limitations instead of their strengths. This exercise in futility inevitably leads to years of wasted effort and frustration.

The Courage to Let Your Calling Die

One reason for people missing their calling in this way is because they want so badly to do that thing that is beyond their ability. In other words, we are sometimes passionate about things that are just not in alignment with our strengths. Watching a few episodes of the early audition process of American Idol provides a vivid illustration of this.

Although this is not a popular statement, sometimes you need to let your dream die. Slay it. Give it a nice funeral. Cry it out a while. Then buckle your chinstrap and get ready for the thrill of your life.

An Accurate Read on our Limitations and Strengths

I leave you with this passage:

Romans 12:3-8 says:

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.


What about you? Has there been a time that you’ve had a painful epiphany regarding your limitations? What has been the result?

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