“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
“Be still, and know that I am God”… Psalm 46:10
How many of you would say that you occasionally or even often feel some financial tension or stress? How many of you would say, “I really wish that I had either more time for myself, because I don’t do much for myself”; or “I wish I had more time to spend with the people that I love.”?
We live in a culture that pushes us to the limits. Buy more, do more, accomplish more, conquer more; more, more, more, more, more. I would argue that most of us are living at an unbiblical and unsustainable pace. It’s insane what normal is today. If someone said, “Are you really enjoying your life?” Most of us would say, “No, and I don’t have time to talk about it, gotta go!” Virtually everybody I know has very little margin for error in the major portions of life. Most people have no margin for the most important things in life. This is what I want to talk about for the next few days – Margin. But “What is margin exactly?”
MARGIN: THE AMOUNT AVAILABLE BEYOND WHAT IS NECESSARY.
For example, if I have 30 minutes to get somewhere and it takes 20 minutes to get there, I have 10 minutes of margin. If you have £10 and you need to spend £8 you have £2 margin.
For the past few years I have travelled to Romania on a mission trip each winter delivering aid to those is desperate need, food, clothing, hospital equipment, toys etc (you can read more under ERA, on the mission page of my website). This is an amazing trip and for a really good cause however in 1 week we drive from Wales to Romania and back which gives us very little margin. The result of this is a very stressful trip. We need to make our goal each day, driving hours each day with very little stops.
Very often we can live our lives this way, but this is not God’s attention. He didn’t save us to be stressed about ‘doing’ until we reach heaven. He saved us to enjoy life. Jesus said “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10).
This is going to be our goal for this series, to better enjoy the life which Jesus came to give us. We will look at how does margin play out in every day life and at examples from the Bible for creating margin in our lives.