Your pressures are mostly self-induced. I can say this simply because I have done it too! Notice I used the word “have” because I learned something and I have no qualms sharing it with you. Ready?
No. It is a complete sentence.
Margins serve a purpose
Take a look at your calendar or DayTimer. Do you fill in every line, mark on every single day, and scrawl notes all over the margins. Well, this isn’t breaking news but you definitely need to know that all of this people pleasing is not good for you. You need to rest. Those margins serve a purpose. God did not intend for you to be under this kind of pressure. In fact, if you allowed Him to pen in your calendar each week it wouldn’t look anything like this tightly spun ball of yarn you’ve strewn all over the place.
The Sabbath was created for mankind not the other way around. Slavery as you know of it in America end officially in 1865 (yes, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 but it took more time for it to be ratified). You may not realize it but you could be in bondage of your own variation of slavery. Are you a slave to your schedule?
Your pressures don’t increase your worth
The more you do equates to you doing more. It doesn’t make you better. In fact, your excessive doing may be working against you.
When the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt and began their new lives in the Promised Land they had no idea what it was to not do something day in and day out. As slaves, their days were decided and they had no choice in the decision. When did you last allow yourself to do nothing? When is the last time you said no without feeling guilty? Christ died to set you free!
The guilt, the fear, the insecurities, the intimidation of it all, that’s from the enemy. The pressure to take on everything, that’s not what God had in mind for you.
Take some time to read this chapter over again because even if you don’t see the relevance right now, it’s relevant. You need margin. You need white space. You need some wiggle room. You need the Sabbath!
For Monday, read Strategy 9: Your Hurts (pages 151-167)
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