Last week was one of those whirlwind weeks of actvity. They are both exciting and stressful. At such times, my capacity for dealing with stress feels small. As long as they come one at a time, allowing me to re-charge before the next, I’m fine. But when they come in multiples of 3…well, you get the picture.
We need to be very careful about ‘over-spending’ [pun intended] this time of year. Too much stress leads to fatigue, irritability, sleeplessness, anxiety and depression. It is dangerous if we don’t take time to re-charge. Rick Warren recently wrote in his daily blog "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.”
One of the worst things we can do is squeeze out our daily quiet time with God. It is the margin at the top and bottom of every page—the beginning and end of each day. Our quiet time shuts us in with God—where we get re-charged by the Word, the Spirit, and prayer. There we find an infinite supply of life and energy. As we “set our minds and affections on things above”(Colossians 3:2) we find the margins of our life—and we are refreshed and recharged.