Sunrise Sermon: Draw the Line Here

Psssst…hey! Hellooo, I’m talking to you. Yes, you. My message today is all about you and what you’re struggling with today. Actually, many of us are struggling with this issue. We exclaim that There aren’t enough hours in the day! I just don’t have time for that!  Well, there are 24 hours in each day, and that’s plenty, but somehow we always seem to run out of our most precious commodity — time. Perhaps we ‘re just not good time managers. Maybe our priorities are out of order. Maybe we’re guilty of both.

Wherever you are on the time continuum, know that it’s ever-changing, and only you can make the changes necessary to achieve some sort of balance in your life. This past week I learned a new word. As an avid reader and writer, I love discovering “new” words and finding ways to incorporate them into my writing. Well, this word isn’t new — nor is it new to me, but its use is different. The word is margin.

When I see that word, I think of the white space around a typed sheet of paper or around the pages of a book. The words are kept neatly between the margins that have been pre-established. The author/typist has the ability to extend those margins or leave them at their pre-set limits.

Without margins or boundaries in our lives, we run the risk of merging different aspects of our lives that are designed to be separate. Without margins in our work lives, we often times extend into our play time (or whatever you call the time you spend alone or doing what gives you pleasure). When there are no margins in our play time, we run the risk of stealing time from worship or spiritual feeding time. When there are no margins in our spiritual lives, we say yes to things that we ought to say no to. It’s a tricky balance that we all struggle to maintain. So, when I called you out in the first line of this post, I was calling myself out too.  This is a judgment-free zone; my heart just aims to reveal our connectedness and to encourage you to continue working to be the best you possible.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

As you can see, there’s plenty of time. Learning to manage it by creating margins is key to achieving balance. May blessings abound! ❤

Note: Bible verses courtesy of biblegateway.com/Sunrise courtesy of Google Royalty-Free Images