Isaiah 43: But now, this is what the LORD says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
Over 30 years I have been blessed by the people I have had the privilege to walk with in life, death, and faith. I could live for a million years and never repay what has been invested in my life through their love, wisdom, accountability, and encouragement. I rejoice because I am a part of the reunion of the redeemed!
I love Friday’s because Friday is my Sabbath day of rest! Woo-hoo! Unless, of course, I have to work on Friday, then Saturday becomes my Sabbath day of rest! (disclaimer: please understand the concepts I am implementing are producing progress but not yet perfection) I will confess to you that for many years I thought the work I had to do was more important than my need for a Sabbath day. That brought to light several painful, but helpful realities; 1) I am not busier than God who rested on a Sabbath day; 2) My work is not more important than Jesus who honored the Sabbath and considered it Holy; 3) The Sabbath is not to be confused with a day off to run errands and do household chores; 4) The Sabbath is our act of worship with and to our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer; and 5) Science and medical technology now corroborate that the human body and mind is optimized on a 6 day on and one day off cycle.
Dr. Richard Swenson wrote the book, Margin. Reading that book changed my life. Swenson is an MD – Internist with a passion to follow Christ, and what he soon discovered was an epidemic in the Christian community of people living in negative margin. What is negative margin? Negative margin occurs when your load exceeds your limit. For those who prefer an equation: Load>Limit=Negative Margin. God created us with this equation in mind: Load<Limit=Margin. Margin is how we handle all of the things that are impossible to forecast or predict that take time. Margin is how we stay healthy and whole and in touch with God.
A word to the wise. Swenson declares that if you are not setting aside a tithe of your time as the margin, then you are living in a predictable and sinful state that encumbers God’s desire to work in beauty and growth in you. Repeat after me, “I am not busier than God!” (That’s a boundary that’s a keeper).
Lord, help us to help one another to live life Your way to Your glory and not feel guilty about the joy and peace born out of those decisions we make to live life with margin for you to move!