The great author, teacher, pastor and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer described the prevailing worldview of modern mankind. In his book Ethics he wrote,
“In a world where success is the measure and justification of all things, the figure of Him who was sentenced and crucified remains a stranger, and is at best, an object of pity. The world will allow itself to be subdued only by success.”
I’ve spent the last six posts talking about the reality of our limitations. Our limitations are very real, but the prevailing worldview that preaches “success is the measure and justification of all things” is equally real. This makes the discovery of our real limitations really frightening territory. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like facing my limitations because I believe my limitations amount to the same thing as personal liabilities that are keeping me from the success that is “the measure and justification of all things.” In the end, I think my limitations diminish my personal significance. That’s why failure to “succeed” at my distorted definitions of success, and discovering my limitations is so scary. But according to God’s worldview (the worldview that’s congruent with reality) discovering limitations isn’t the same thing as discovering a loss of significance. When we come to the end of ourselves, we come to the beginning of God, and awaken to all of what that means. Real living happens for those who can admit, “I don’t have what it takes.” Go ahead. Go tell someone what your limitations are today, and see what happens inside of you.