You Need Margin In Your Life

by: Michael Woods | January 8, 2018

Having a full calendar means having a full life.  Or does it? A full calendar may mean a full life but it doesn’t necessarily mean a fulfilling life!  At any hour of the day you can shop, watch news, be entertained, find information, tweet, snap, chat, and send emails.  If you’re like most people you feel your living life at full speed with your smart phone glued to your hand.

Ask almost anyone how they are doing and your likely to hear, “I’m really busy.”

We have no margin. Our load is often greater than our limits when it comes to time. And we feel the heaviness of this burden. Our lives are frantic and frenzied, and as a result we are more prone to anxiety, frustration, resentment, impatience, and irritability.

And we develop this quiet sense of desperation, or we just resign ourselves to it, and tell ourselves “it’s just a season.” But the season never seems to end.

Something’s got to give.

Consider Jesus’ busyness:

“The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.” Mark 1:35

Ever had a whole town gather at your door wanting something from you?  Jesus did. 

Try to imagine the scene with me. Jesus has just spent time in Peter’s home with Andrew, James and John. He has healed Peter’s mother-in-law of a critical fever, and then enjoyed the main meal of the day. However, after a few hours in Peter’s home, they hear a knock on the door. When Peter opens the door, he sees not one person but dozens of people in the street, and hundreds more are on their way, all coming to his home! Jesus quietly comes outside to hear, “Rabbi, please, come and heal my father. He’s lame and can’t walk at all!” Another cries, “Master, please heal my son. He’s cruelly demon-possessed and the demon often throws him into the fire to kill him!” Another pleads, “Lord, have mercy on me. I want to regain my sight!”

Talk about busy, He was swamped! He would spend that entire evening healing the sick and casting out demons.  And then we read:

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed”  Mark 1:36

What’s the first thing that Jesus does the next day?

He goes off to a solitary place to pray–to create margin.  Jesus models for us how to stay spiritually fresh. It doesn’t come by osmosis. We can’t just hook ourselves up to some Spirit machine that drips the Holy Spirit in us while we watch football. Staying spiritually fresh requires discipline. How did Jesus do it? By taking the initiative to connect with the heart of the Father through prayer—regularly.

As Pastor Danny shared with us last Sunday:

“Jesus created margin, before the day, before the project, before the miracle, before the crisis, before the interruption.  What we do first matters.  Start your day giving your first to God.”

Imagine what your life would be like if you set aside time every day, creating margin by keeping first things first. That’s the type of life Jesus modeled and calls us to.

You need margin in your life. When you’re not hurrying and worrying all the time, you have time to think. Time to relax. Time to enjoy life. Time to be still and know that God is God (Psalm 46:10).

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