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The Truth About Living on the Edge

Joyce Meyer (21)

Are you living an unsustainable life? Have you ever said things like, “I can’t keep this up much longer. If I have to live like this one more year, it’s probably going to finish me off. I tell you, it’s all just too much!” Do you feel like you’re on a treadmill and if you try to get off, everything will fall apart, so you just keep going?

This is what it means to “live on the edge.”

It seems these days that it’s a popular way to look at life. But it’s not the way God wants us to live.

People who live on the edge are stressed-out by the demands of life, frustrated, hanging on, just trying to get through one more day. They have reached their limits but are ignoring them and hoping they can get by with it.

If you’re living like this, you need to de-stress your life by establishing godly boundaries.

It’s very unfashionable in our American culture to say “I’ve had enough and can’t do anymore.” We seem to think we should be able to do it all, no matter how many commitments and obligations we have, and we compare ourselves with people who appear to be managing it all without a problem, which usually means we are getting our sense of worth and value from what we do, not who we are in Christ.

But I have good news for you: You don’t have to be like anybody else or keep up with anybody else. You need to be who you are – who God created you to be – and you don’t have to apologize for it.

It’s okay to say, “I’ve reached my limit.”

Moses is a great example of this. In Exodus 18:13-27, we see that Moses was trying to do too much for the Israelites. He was a good leader, who took his responsibility seriously, but he needed help.


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