In the various special skill schools in the military, troops learn the limits of how far they can push their bodies and minds, usually well beyond what they thought they could do in the beginning of the school. But experience is one of the best teachers. There are certain things that you simply cannot know or really understand until you have been through that very experience. This is true of many life experiences such as parenting, various jobs, education, Christian service, etc. On the other end of the spectrum, most soldiers, after learning how far they can push the boundaries of their capability, continue to push the envelope further and further trying to discover their limitations or whether they have any limitations (spoiler alert -- everyone has limits).
Believe me, everyone has physical limitations, although certain people may not be willing to admit it, and others may seem like "supermen" or "superwomen" doing iron man triathlons, ultra-marathons, or the various extreme sports. Humans have always tried to push the limits of endurance and capability in almost any area of life you can think of probably since the dawn of time. Part of this is the God-given ability to dream, to envision things that are greater, higher, more difficult and to desire to reach out for those things. But it is also one of the most humbling experiences in life when you push the envelope and the envelope pushes back. You finally find the limits of what you can really do.
I have had my share of over-the-top experiences in the military (training such as paratrooper and air assault school and a combat deployment with multiple combat encounters during the deployment), and I have really pushed the limits of my body in a few sports: running, martial arts, weight lifting, and tennis. But one thing is for certain, I have learned what my limitations are. I know when I have reached the limits of my physical, emotional, intellectual, and psychological capabilities, and I most certainly know when I am "whupped by whatever obstacle lies in front of me or when I am undone by a series of obstacles.
Part of this is also the humbling realization of the shrinking boundaries of my capability as I grow older. Just like the country song says, "I ain't as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was." No truer words were ever spoken or sung. Age takes away many of our capabilities, but with the wisdom that we have gained over the years, and a little bit of fire in the belly, we can sometimes do one more time what was easy to do multiple times years earlier. Unfortunately, there is usually a price to be paid afterwards. So, as I noted above, I am coming to the humbling realization that I simply cannot do some of the things that I could 20 years ago, even 10 years ago. Age takes its toll. Suffice it to say that I have reached the limits of my capability for this day and will need to rest up and return to the ongoing work of my blog tomorrow.
I pray that God will give you a blessed and peaceful evening and will refresh, strengthen, and encourage you for your day tomorrow.