Monday, November 19, 2012

The Sky is Not the Limit

Pei Wei is an amazing restaurant. I could eat there every day for the rest of my life and I would never get tired of the food.

Another thing I would never get tired of are the fortune cookies. Yes, I admit there are the occasional pointless fortunes...But when I happen to open up a relevant and meaningful fortune, it makes me smile. Tonight I found this one: "The limit to your abilities is where you place it."

Have you ever heard the saying, The sky's the limit? Well, forget that. It's wrong.

Why place your limit so low? Above the sky, space extends forever. Outside of space, Heaven extends even further. Why aim only for the sky?

The same applies for our duty as followers of Christ. Why love God only half-heartedly when you can love Him with your whole heart, soul, and mind? Why settle for second best? In the end, perhaps second best could be the difference between a life with Him and a life completely devoid of Him. It may not seem important now, but I believe it will when that end does come. 

All too often, we set the limit of our faith too low. We don't realize that we are capable of deep and lasting closeness with God. We leave that stuff to the priests and nuns and "Jesus freaks." 

Personally, I know that those who have set the bar high in their faith are inspirations to me, shining examples of how to live a faith-filled life. To people such as these, no limit can get in the way of the final goal of Heaven. 

If we place our limit low, we won't strive to enter through the narrow gate to eternal life. We'll settle. We will let our faith and our relationship with God slip into the background. And though we may think we can do perfectly well without God, this separation will take its toll.

If we place our limit high, however, we will grow in our faith each and every day. We will live a life focused on what truly matters. We will prepare ourselves and our neighbors to be reunited with Jesus. And consequently, we will live happier, more meaningful lives.

The limit is yours to place. But before you decide, ask yourself this: Why WOULDN'T you want to set the bar high? In doing so, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. God knows you will fail to reach it at times. That's why He forgives us. And if we do reach this goal, we truly have EVERYTHING to gain--or  everything that honestly matters, at least. Why settle? Why aim for the sky when Heaven's out there, too? 

Two of my favorite things: Pei Wei and a beautiful sky.

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