When interviewing with Stout students, Kirsten and Sarah, four questions were asked about their passions, motivations, limits, and weaknesses. The first question was, “What are some of the limits that hold you back from pursuing your passion?” Kirsten answered, “The approval of others, finances, my family, and my tendency as a human being towards comfort and laziness.” She went into detail, explaining that her finances limit her because she desires to finish college. She is paying for it on her own and doesn’t have the means to support herself in this stage of life. She then explained that her family limits her because she has a great desire to reach the world with the Gospel, which they do not support. Sarah, the second interviewee, was asked the same question, to which she responded, “Fear of failure is huge as an art student, being a perfectionist stops you from even trying in the first place.” Sarah also explained that she has a fear of what other people think of her, which limits her from being 100% herself. These fears limit her in expressing herself through her art because she is afraid that others won’t understand the meaning and passion behind her work.
These limits that Kirsten and Sarah have shared are very common among today’s society. The next question asked shines light onto how they have been working to push past them. The question was, “How have you overcome or how are you working to overcome your limits?” Kirsten replied, “All of my limits, I have given up to God and I let Him renew me every day.” She went on to explain that she had tried for many years to overcome her limits in her own strength, and time and time again she failed. When she realized the power of having a relationship with God, she was able to overcome the limits that were set before her. With the limits set by her family, she stated that she has to be open to having hard talks with them, speaking truthfully about how she is feeling, and choosing to love them throughout the process. When asked the same question, Sarah replied, “With each of the limits of fear specifically, surrendering it to God.” Sarah explained that she tried to conquer her fears on her own, but was never able to deal with the root issue of what was stopping her from reaching her full potential. Instead, she gives it up to God in prayer and allows him to work through her to overcome. Lastly she stated, “Don’t quit, if you fail at something once, try again – persevere.”