It was Monday, the day when we catch up on everything we didn't have time for during the weekend and oh yeah, rest. Bunny and I were out and about - in Destin, then across to Ft Walton Beach, winding up at a craft store. We bumped into a lady who was parked in front of the wall of yarn, which happened to be on sale. She had a dozen or so skeins of yarn in her arms and was looking like she needed help, so I offered to go get her a buggy.
"No, if I have a buggy I will fill it. I'm trying to limit myself."
We had a good laugh over that, and true to her word, I saw the same lady at the check out with no more yarn than she could carry.
Don't you do that too?
I've seen (and been) people who limit their food intake by saying "I'll only get one plate full", and then defy all the laws of physics in attempting to get a metric ton of food on that platter.
I wonder if we do that with love too.
Set limits, I mean.
One of the things I love most about Jesus is that He never did that.
The rich young ruler comes up and smugly insists that he has kept ALL the commandments since he was a young boy. Yeah, right.
21 Jesus felt genuine love for this man as he looked at him. Mark 10:21 (NLT)
Jesus then asks him to live those commandments out, not just observe them, by giving everything he owns to the poor and come follow.
22 The man's face clouded over. This was the last thing he expected to hear, and he walked off with a heavy heart. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and not about to let go. Mark 10:22 (MSG)
The young man had decided beforehand just how much he would love Jesus. When Jesus saw what the man needed in order to unleash a real love for God and for others, His words pegged the man's limits.
What about you?
What if the place God has you now is what He would use to expand your limits?
What if those people you cannot stand to be around are there precisely because God wants you to drop your rights for His righteousness?
What if all those "hateful" people you see on TV are there to help you realize that God will tolerate no hate in you?
Are there limits to your love?