Walkin' into Fullness

{November 15, 2010}   Welcome the Downtime

I read this in my mail this morning – a devotional snippet from Purpose Driven Connection.
I really wanna share it, because I need to learn that free time is A-OK.
We don’t have to go into over-productivity mode all the time just because our society subconsciously demands it from us. Diligence is still one of the values I treasure highly, but it doesn’t automatically equate to fully-packed schedules. I don’t know…. maybe being busy all the time makes one feel better about himself? Well I don’t want to base my self-worth on something like this for sure. Anyway. enough of my random thoughts…  Here it goes:

Build a Buffer Around Your Schedule
by Rick Warren
Reverence for God adds hours to each day. Proverbs 10:27 (LB)
“Without margin in your life, you’ll think, Oh, no! Another thing to do! Sorry, God — I’d like to do that, but I’m just too busy.”

In preparation for a decade of destiny, we’ve been talking about the need to be physically healthy – that God wants us to take care of our bodies. And I want to stress one more time that unrelenting stress harms our bodies.

Why do we wait until our health plummets before we decide to create margin in our lives? The Bible teaches that your body needs downtime in order to heal and re-energize.

Listen to why this is so important: when you’re overloaded by activity, you can only think of yourself. You’re in survival mode, just trying to make it through another day. And that limits your usefulness in ministry!

When you have no downtime or margin in your life and God taps you on the shoulder, saying, “I’d like you to do this for me,” your first response isn’t joy. Your first response is, “Oh, no! Another thing to do! Sorry, God — I’d like to do that, but I’m just too busy.”

We end up resenting the great opportunities God brings into our lives. But when we deliberately and specifically add downtime into our lives, we become available for God to use us as we head into this decade of destiny.

You don’t have to live on overload. You don’t have to live in survival mode. Begin today to build a buffer around your schedule. Then enjoy the benefits of margin — and see what God does next!
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Chillin' time ... I need some spiritual downloading. (pic taken from http://whathorizon.blogspot.com/)



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