Building Margin – Week 1, Day 1

Daily Scripture Reading:

Read Genesis 1:14-19

vs. 14 – “And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years. . .

vs. 19 – “And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.”

Psalm 31:14-15a – “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hand.”

It’s weird. When I was a little girl, I thought Christmas and my birthday would never arrive. Now vacations are the slow arriving occurrences and the birthdays just come quicker and quicker. How does that happen?

Today, I sometimes find myself thinking “if only there were more than 24 hours in a day. . .”

I’m sure that no matter how many hours are in a day – 24 or 44 – the time would fly by. The question for me and maybe for you is: how are we spending that time? Are we enjoying the moments, serving God and bringing God glory in our lives, or are we just going through the motions?

The Greeks had 2 words for time: chronos and kairos. Chronos is the actual time – the “punching the clock” time. Kairos is the special time that is more than an hour or a second. It’s that moment that we can describe as God’s time.

Building margin into our lives helps us turn more of our chronos time into kairos time. It gives us more time to love God, serve God and care for our neighbor.

Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for the gift of time – time to enjoy You and serve You, time to enjoy my family and friends, time to work and to play. Forgive me, Lord, when I wish time away or get so lost in the rush of time, that I don’t enjoy the moments. Help me, Lord, to use this day to your glory. Give me space to hear You and the will to follow You this day. In Your Name I pray, Amen.

Reflection Questions and/or Application for the Day:

How do you view time – rushing through life or enjoying the moments?

Are you living in the past, burdened by regret or longing for the “good ole days”? Are you living in the future, waiting for the better job, waiting for graduation, waiting for . . . whatever? Are you rushing through life?

If so, in what ways are you doing this?

What one change can you make today that will help you enjoy the moments of time that God has given us? How can you turn chronos time into kairos time?

Devotion from Building Margin for a Balanced Life, devotional book, small group study and sermon series

©Tim Reaves and Trish Archer

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