We finished last week on Ephesians – the next 4-5 weeks will be very practical – things you can put in your life to help you live better – a series on Margins and Boundaries.
You’re probably familiar with the books by Cloud and Townsend – if you have not read them, you probably should – they are foundational with relationships. If you have relationship problems, you have boundary problems.
Boundaries focus on relationships - Margins focus on our personal lives – exercise/sleep/food.
Picture yourself at a computer at a new Word document – click page setup – click margins. There is a standard if you are getting graded.
We need margins.
Brief definition – and Top Ten ways to know you are living without margins.
Margins – the space between our load and our limits – the space beyond that which is needed – held in reserve – the gap between rest and exhaustion – the space between breathing freely and suffocating.
10 – Proud of how much multitasking you are doing
9 – 3 children at 3 separate activities at the same time
8 – When you find yourself texting while driving, eating, out for coffee with friends – in church – a special place in hell…
7 – When your job is never finished and you can never say job well done.
6 – When you are tired all the time because you are too busy to get the proper amount of sleep
5 – When you spend more than you make
4 – When you drive over the speed limit to get places on time
3 – When you are 30 minutes late for an appointment because you were 10 minutes late to the previous appt. because you had to get gas
2 – If you are unable to take a day a week to worship, rest, and relax
1 – If you knowingly enter the fewer than 12 items lane when you have 14 items!
Monday I was at Giant Eagle – she was calculating how long each line would take – she chose to get in mine – I asked – are you in a hurry? Always. Would you like to go ahead of me? It’s not that bad… - Thanks – I’m a pastor and you just gave me a great illustration for Sunday.
It is hard for us to make space – and it starts here – you must make it a point – prioritize and schedule and plan it – to do this one thing – spend time with God consistently. This sounds simple – but that is the reality – that is the foundation for living a healthy life. Determine – decide – initiate, plan, schedule consistent regular time with God.
We’ll start with Jesus’ example – the news spread all the more – so that crowds cane to hear him and be healed of their sicknesses – but Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:15
Luke 6: 12 And it was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, He called His disciples to Him; and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles:
You may be a parent of small kids – and it is tough. You may have a demanding boss – and it is tough. Jesus – had a picture of nonstop constant pressure on his life – and you have to ask yourself – are you as busy as God? Do you have more on your mind than God? Do you have more to be concerned about than Jesus? None of us does. Think of the crowds that surround popular people. Jesus OFTEN withdrew. HE understood that the foundation was the relationship with the father. If Jesus needed it then we need it. We must determine and make sure we make it a habit of our lives. That is the first point – I need time with God and I will get that.
Luke 10 : 38 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord's word, seated at His feet. 40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up [to Him,] and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me." 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but [only] a few things are necessary, really [only] one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her. "
We always hear this – and talk about quiet times – but there is a lot more here – there is a lot of stuff going on in this passage for having space in our lives for God – and what that looks like and how to make that happen.
Mary and Martha (and Lazarus) are siblings. Martha is the responsible one – probably older – and in charge – and had the responsibility to make sure things are done properly. It seems there were no husbands involved. And with the responsibility came certain expectations. Martha is made out to be the bad one in the story. Understand the weight of responsibility on Martha – ...continued at GraceSummit.org/Messages/entry/09302012

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