Josh Apple's Youth and Children's Page: September

Don't Think Limits

Hey Everyone!

While in Lumberton, NC working on the Cox House, I met a man who works with the NC Baptist Men. His name is Anthony. He used to work on the campus of NC State (but I don’t hold that against him). He told me, in one of our conversations, about a t-shirt he once saw a student wearing that read, “Don’t Think Limits.” He talked about how the message of that shirt has stuck with him ever since.

Since coming back home, that phrase has been in my head. “Don’t Think Limits.” I’ve been asking myself, “Have I been putting limits on God?” Now I say that I believe Luke 1:37, “For nothing is impossible with God,” and Psalm 147:5, “Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” But how often do my actions and thoughts go against what I say I believe? Am I limiting what God can do? Do I doubt God’s ability to do certain things?

In Mark 6:1-6, Jesus returns to Nazareth for a visit. We are told that the people were astonished at his teaching and rejected him because he was supposed to be just a carpenter. Mark 6:5-6a tell us, “He (Jesus) could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith.”

The people of Nazareth put limits on what Jesus could do. They did believe! They didn’t have faith! Am I doing the same thing? Do I lack the faith needed to believe that God can work a miracle in our church and community? I say I want to see us, as Park Place Baptist, reach out and connect with this community, but are my doubts that we can truly do this limiting what God wants to do in and through us?

Ever since Anthony told me about that t-shirt, I have prayed “Don’t Think Limits.” Lord, I pray that my thoughts and doubts aren’t limiting what You want to do in and through me! Park Place Baptist Church: Don’t Think Limits! When we don’t think about limits, we will be able to watch God work and be amazed at what He is able to do!

In Christ’s Love,

Josh