Title: Part 1
Date: May 14-15, 2016
Speaker: Phil Vaughan
God created us to work, but commanded us to rest!
“Margin is the space that once existed between ourselves and our limits.” Richard Swenson
A life without margin is normal? A life without margin is dangerous and unwise! The problem is that we do not believe this. We believe that more is more and productivity gives us value. I am what I produce. We miss apply: I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
How is your tank? How is your capacity? What is it like when you hit the wall? How often do you hit the wall?
“Researchers strongly agree on two basic principles: ﬁrst, that man has limited capacity; and second, that overloading the system leads to a serious breakdown of performance.” Alvin Tofﬂer
The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:30-31 (NIV)
You have a limited capacity. Good work leads to good rest, which leads to good work. When this principle is violated, then both pay a price and do not operate as they should.
“Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible. Love always takes time, and time is one thing hurried people don’t have.” John Ortberg
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
As you make the choice to deny yourself, you will ﬁnd that Jesus’ yoke becomes easy and his burden light.
Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10a (NIV)
Practice Daily Margin: __________________
· Reduce time wasters.
· Slow down.
o Margin is about space - not pace.
o Hurry is a symptom of a life without margin.
· Daily pause.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Mark 1:35-36 (NIV)
Sit quietly in God’s presence for 10 minutes a day – unless you are too busy; then sit for an hour.
To get more out of life, sometimes you have to pursue less. You won’t make a change till you are convinced that your life is not sustainable.
· For your automobile, how much gas is left in the tank when you typically stop to get gas?
· Phil mentioned that rest and work are intimately connected. In what ways do you see the connection between rest and work?
· When you are exhausted, what areas of your life does it impact most?
· How do you or those around you recognize when you are tired and exhausted?
· How would you respond to the John Ortberg quote: “Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible. Love always takes time, and time is one thing hurried people don’t have.”?
· Read Matthew 11:25-30.
· How would you state Jesus invitation in your own words? (v. 28-30)
· What promise does Jesus make to those who would accept his offer? (v. 28-30)
· In what ways do you feel weary and burdened right now?
· For you, what helps you to experience rest?
· If less is more, what could you give up to embrace more margin?
· What would need to happen this week for you to experience margin and engage God’s presence?
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?