“Margin in our lives overall creates options. Options to pursue dreams, think, pray, relax, meditate, process, grow and ultimately live life more fully.” – Brad Lomenick (Catalyst leader)
How would you respond if an unexpected foot of snow fell where you live, clogging the roads, closing schools, and cancelling your entire day? I laughed out loud listening to Bible teacher Priscilla Shirer describe how her community in Dallas, Texas endured several home-bound snow days. I not-so-secretly hope that will happen to me in Colorado before the winter ends.
Why would I long to be stuck at home for days? Why would I hope for school closures and cancelations? It’s simple. I need cancelations to catch up on my crazy-paced life.
When was the last time you took a “day off” to unplug and rest?
Think about it. When was the last time you said NO to all work? No checklists, no calls, no laundry. No shopping, cooking, cleaning, sorting, planning, or driving. No going non-stop?
Can you even imagine a day free from all obligations and a crammed calendar?
Take a moment and ponder these 3 questions.
In our fast-paced culture, why do you think we tend to view rest, space, or margin as difficult, if not impossible to carve out?
Do you connect being “busy” with being important, significant, or making a positive difference?
What stands in your way from taking a “Sabbath rest” day?
If you did have a day to rest, what would this dream day look like? Design it in your mind. Who would you spend time with? Where would you go (or not go?) What would you focus on, or forget?
It only took God ‘till commandment #4 to tell us to take a break: “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD.” (Deuteronomy 512-13)
Maybe you can’t carve out a whole day, but what if you set apart several hours to spend time in God’s word, play games with your kids, leave your phone in the other room, take a nap, or go on a long walk with someone you love? Think of all the memories you’d make with a little margin, all the relationships that would be enriched, and how much you’d be re-energized by rest.
Give it a try. Grab your calendar. Block off a few hours of rest this week. If anyone or anything tries to steal that time from you, simply say, “NO, I already have important plans.”
Because, you do! You have plans to be renewed, restored, and re-energized. When you say NO to frazzled and YES to focused, you have space to breathe and become who God is calling you to be.
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