The Freedom, and Beauty, of Limitations

Limitations are often maligned as the reason we can't get things done. They are what our "what-ifs" rail against. Removing limitations is often seen as the only true route to innovation. I contest, thought, that there is freedom and beauty in limitations.

Looking at Art in a large sense gives us the easiest example. Technology makes rendering images incredibly easy. Imagined or reproduced, CGI and digital photography create pictures like we have never seen before. What is valuable is the painted picture, though. The same sunset, rendered in analog paint on textured canvase, will be paid for and passed on. What is beautiful is skilled craftsmanship within the medium.

 A beautiful example of art created within a medium, but stretching it's limits and paradigms. 

A beautiful example of art created within a medium, but stretching it's limits and paradigms. 

Instead of refusing to work within the given medium, probe it's limits. All great art is found at the edges. Do it bigger, or so much slower, or in one color. Can you even reach the labled limits?

When you know your limitations you are free to pursue everything inside of them - and you will find as others have that the space allwed is ample. There is enough freedom to reach and grow inside of certain fears, disabillities, and want of resource. And when you do what you can with what you have, you'll run into that God that called Himself a rewarder of the dilligent.


For an example of this working in a church, see this article: Opportunity in Isolation. We were blessed to minister for Dr. Bradbury in Bethel, Alaska; way off the map. But what we found will shock you.