breathing room: ex-squeeze me
sunday February 4, 2018
· “Breathing Room” – Sandra Stanley
· “Margin” – Richard A. Swenson, M.D.
Breathing Room is the space between our current pace and our limits.
What happens when we have no breathing room?
· Stress level goes up
· Vision gets blurry
· Relationships suffer
Fear is often the driving factor in our over-packed schedules, finances, and relationships.
What do we fear?
· Fear of missing out
· Fear of Falling Behind
· Fear of Not Mattering
· Fear of Disappointing Others
When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap the very edges of your field or gather to the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:9-10 NIV)
When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. (build) Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. (Deuteronomy 24:19)
What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. (Matthew 6:32-33 MSG)
“In your effort to get the most out of your life, don’t lose control of your life.” – Andy Stanley
Where do you need some breathing room?