Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I need margin

On Sunday we started a new series at The Community Fellowship.  It is called MARGIN.  Lets define the term: margin is the amount available beyond what is necessary.  Thus, margin could be money, time, energy, rest, emotions and countless more things.  Fact is, we could all use more margin in our lives.

38 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord's feet, listening to His word. 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 one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

Mary and Martha were incredible women.  They were sisters of Lazarus, the guy Jesus raised from the dead.  These ladies were close friends of Jesus.  In the passage above both were doing good things.  Martha was worried and working hard at having a great party at her house.  Mary chose to spend time with Jesus. 

Jesus said Mary made the better choice.  Mary believed that she had enough margin, enough peace, to do what will not be offered very often.  When we have margin and can use what we have wisely, life will be much sweeter.

When we don’t have margin, our stress levels increase big time.  When we don’t have margin, our relationships are strained and in danger.  That is just a couple reasons we need margin in our lives.  Margin brings the peace of God.  Margin allows us to rest when the war is going on around us.

My prayer is that God will allow us to build margin into our lives.  I challenged our church family to take 5 minutes each day this week to do nothing.  Put down the cell phone.  Turn off the TV.  Do nothing.  Take 5 minutes to focus on God.  I challenge you to do the same.

A big thanks to Craig Groeschel and Lifechurch.tv as well as Andy Stanley for what I have learned about margin from them.  God is doing great things around our lives.  Lets give God more room to work!

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