Building Margin to Reduce Stress – Week 2, Day 5

Isaiah 43:19 – “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

John 10:10 – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I (Jesus) came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”  

Psalm 37:3-5 – “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act.”                                                       

“Say NO for a better YES.”

I’m doubtful that this statement is original to me. I may have heard it or read it somewhere.

Reducing stress and changing our pace in life is often easier when we say NO to some things in order to say a better YES to others.

Let’s face it. All of us are probably doing something in our lives that is not life-giving. Instead it’s life-draining. We dread going to it. We dread doing it.

What would happen if we said NO to it? This is NOT a license to do nothing. Instead this is a license to pour your gifts and talents into the opportunities that God IS calling you to do.

We need to also be realistic. Work and school may not be fun every day. Sometimes it IS draining, but what can we do to find joy in the midst of the activity?

Are you living the abundant life that God calls us to lead?

Prayer:  Gracious God, show me this day how I can live a more abundant life – a life that brings joy to me and to others. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Reflection Question and/or Application for the Day:

Name 3 activities that are life-giving to you.

Name 3 activities that are life-draining to you.

Are these activities necessary? What can you do to find joy in the life-draining activities?


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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