Embrace Constraints

I decided to take a bit of a mental break today and cracked open a book called REWORK*. This is what I came across on page 67: "I dont have enough time/money/people/experience." Stop whining. Less is a good thing. Constraints are advantages in disguise. Limited resources force you to make do with what you've got. There's no room for waste. And that forces you to be creative."

How often do I complain about not having enough stuff to be creative with? It is true that some of our greatest creations were made after we ran out of supplies. Everyone looks at a movie made by James Cameron and thinks, "sure... I could do that with his budget." Making something from something is easy!

Making something from nothing is a totally different story. Fortunately for us, this is Jesus' specialty. Think about what Paul says in his first letter to the Christians in Corinth, "Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong."

When you have nothing you are in a good position to be used by God. He has the best creative mind anyways. Embracing your constraints means working with Him to make something happen. So ya, stop whining.

*REWORK by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

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