How do when schedule margin when it comes to our time? For example, if I said to you, “Can you do something for me next Saturday?” Chances are, you would look at your calendar and say, “Am I free? If you are free, then you would answer, yes I can do it.” Some people might ask “Well, is this right, or is this wrong? Well, since it’s not wrong, it must be right, so we will do it.”
These are not bad questions, but not the best question. A better question to ask when it comes to our scheduling is not is it right, or is it wrong, or is it free? But, a better question to ask would be this, “Is it wise?” In light of __________(blank), is it wise? For example, In light of our future hopes and dreams, is adding this thing wise? Or In light of the fact that life is precious and short and that every day is a gift from God, in light of that fact, is it wise that we invest our time in this?
Yesterday we finished with Romans 2; “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Normal today means pulled toward the culture of this world, but you see, the closer I am toward God, the more different I am than culture. The closer I am to the heartbeat of God, the contrast there is between the way we live and invest our time compared to so many other people.
Normal is not working! What is normal is marriage…divorce. What is normal with kids…rebellion! What is normal relationally…emptiness! When it comes to scheduling, what is normal…being overwhelmed, being overworked, being frenzied, being stressed, being miserable, being busy and yet being empty! That’s normal! The normal answer to ‘How are you?’ is ‘good but busy’. Do you really want to be normal in the view of our culture or are you willing to be transformed by the renewing of your mind?
What we have to understand is that busyness does not equal productivity. There are so many people busy doing useless things. Busyness does not equal importance. Let’s take the time to pray over our daily schedule and ask ‘I light of ____ is this wise? Before we commit to something, let’s pray about it.. is this wise?
We must learn and have the courage and faith to say “no” to many good things, so that we can say “yes” to the best things.