Too Busy?

On Sunday, Pastor Mike mentioned one of the most common reasons that we forsake regular worship together. Have you ever said, “I would love to come to worship, but I am just too busy.” We feel like our lives are so busy that scheduling a commitment to worship every Sunday feels overwhelming.

Life in modern day America is essentially devoid of time and space. Not the Star Trek kind, but the sanity kind. Chronic overloading is the disease, and the only prescription is margin. Margin is the space between ourselves and our limits. Today, we use margin just to get by. It is the reason we are overwhelmed so easily. Many people that I know are desperate for more margin in their life.

In the early days of COVID-19, we were forced to have a whole lot more margin than we are used to having. Now it seems like some people are trying to make up for lost time. However, I am convinced that we did not loose any time at all. By staying home, we were given a gift to rest and reevaluate the need for creating margin in our life.

Here is a quick test to see if you need margin. When something unexpected happens, how do you react? With adequate margin, we are likely to adapt and easily roll with the unexpected. Without margin, we are likely to be very overwhelmed and might fall to pieces. Worst yet, we might explode in anger like an overwhelmed nuclear reactor. We all have our limits, and we need to be aware of those limits. I promise you will be overwhelmed whenever you venture far beyond your limits.

There is an incredible book by Richard Swenson called Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives. Richard is a Christian and a medical doctor who shares about how much the lack of margin is actually destructive to our health. Chronic busyness is emotionally and physically killing our bodies and our souls. Busyness also exhausts our finances, and it drains us of our time. If you are interested in more conversation about these things, feel free to share in comments on this post. I could literally talk about finding margin for days!

We need to acknowledge our limit and create some margin in our lives. I find it often starts by saying no to something. It is impossible to do everything in the world that we would like to do. Do the most important things first, and then see what else you can fix into your life.

Here is the real question. Is worshipping God one of the most important things to you? Or is it an extra thing you enjoy when you have the time?

In His Grip,
Mike Toluba

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