Protect Margin in Your Life

The Problem of Velocity


We must be intentional about creating margin by building routines into the rhythm of our lives. In this post, Steve Stroope, Lead Pastor at Lake Pointe Church, encourages us to re-evaluate the speed of life and think carefully about what is helpful and what is a hinderance in finding margin.  




We must guard the margin in our lives so we may be refreshed and replenished. 

Steve referenced the problem with our technological devices—though they promised margin, they have only provided velocity. Our world is faster than ever before! In what specific ways do you personally feel the speed of our world?
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Other people’s expectations of us have increased. Examine your own interactions with others. Where do you have increased expectations for others? How do those expectations affect that relationship? Do you need to scale back your expectation of other people, in order to avoid contributing to the velocity of our culture?
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How have greater expectations on your shoulders affected you? Your family? Your work?
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Deuteronomy 5:15 (ESV)

15 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



One of the most crucial things we can do is take time to stop, replenish, and recalibrate our hearts to be in alignment with God. God knows we need this, and has commanded us to spend one day each week in rest. In Deuteronomy, the Israelites are reminded that they did not do anything to attain freedom from Egypt—God did all that was required to free them. They were simply recipients. Because of this, He reminded them to rest. He acts on our behalf, and we respond in trust by ceasing from our work and resting. 

Are you taking advantage of the gift of Sabbath that God offers you?
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What does your Sabbath look like? What types of replenishing activities (or non-activities) do you engage in?
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If you don’t take a day to rest in the Lord, why not? Is your to-do list or required tasks prohibiting this from happening?
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If you feel that you cannot put the task list down and rest, how could you recalibrate your priorities? What truth do you need to remind yourself of to realign your perspective?
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Matthew 11:28 (ESV)

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



Jesus is not a harsh task master. He knows our limits and our weariness, and has generously ordained a day of rest and refreshment. He invites those who are weary to come and rest. 


This post is originally part of a four-part course called Margin. For more from Steve Stroope, listen to his 2016 RightNow Conference session, Self Leadership, or visit lakepointe.org.