Limits

When out taking pictures I’m always working within limits imposed by weather conditions and the available light. The camera allows me to adapt to these conditions by adjusting shutter speed, aperture, etc. and sometimes by use of a tripod to allow longer exposures. Filters also allow adaptation to existing conditions. The goal is to produce a pleasing image within the limits of the scene.

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So often in life we have to deal with existing conditions–conditions of health, of relationships, of finances, of abilities, of opportunities, of age, of desires, etc. What are the “settings” that help us adapt and respond to these conditions and live the life we are called to live?

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In the context of faith, a basic trust in the goodness of God and of God’s love for me in spite of my sinfulness is the firm “tripod” on which I steady my life. Knowing that I am unconditionally loved by God allows me to focus my attention on how God is at work in me. It allows me to discern God’s will for me and trust that God walks with me as I do my best to follow God’s will.

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Viewed in this context, limits are opportunities for God to work with me and to point out to me the way forward, the way to a greater share in the divine life. Once it sinks in, through my prayer and reflection, that I am not alone in this life, but that God is always with me, I can begin to see life, even with its limits, as both a blessing and an opportunity.

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“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

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