Margin Lets You Say “Yes” to God

From day 216 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional 

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. In the process you become unavailable to God for his use in this world.

When you have no 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 you have margin, you’re available for God to use.

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!

Are You A GREAT Church Member?

Ron Edmondson writes,

Obviously, God builds the church, but He uses people to build it. What kind of members does God use to build a great church?

The following is a list of characteristics of those type of people. Not everyone will have every quality, but it’s the combination of each of them in people that builds a great church.

Great church members:

  1. Believe and love God’s Word.

  2. Grow in prayer.

  3. Build on faith.

  4. Put God’s will first.

  5. Enjoy meeting with God regularly.

  6. Support the pastor and the church.

  7. Encouragers in the church.

  8. Don’t think everything is about them!

  9. Think outside the walls of the church.

  10. Maintain a friendly church.

 I’m so thankful to be in a church with so many who make this list a reality!

Read his full commentary here 

Is Your Sunday Morning Bible Study Group Evangelistic?

Indications that it is not:

  • A failure to reproduce another group at least every two years
  • A leader who refuses to raise up an apprentice to lead another group.
  • A steady decline in the number of guests who attend the group
  • Group members who complain that “the curriculum is not deep enough for us” – thus showing they believe the group is more for them than others.
  • No new group members within the last six months.
  • No planned fellowship/ outreach events within the last 6 months.



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