Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Take it to the limit

In our small group(which we love) we are doing a study by Andy Stanley @Northpoint church. Andy is such a wonderful speaker and is just awsome to listen to.
 Take it to the limit is a video study about limits and margins and finding time for God.
Everything that Stanley talked about, I felt like he was talking about me. I work full time from home and hardly get a rest at naptime because I am doing 50 million other things,but after watching this, it really it home. I am one to never sit. I am always on the go and always finding things to do.
 I think I go way beyond my margins.
For example, Kendric plays flag football in the fall and Cadence just started gymnastics. The other day I mentioned to Ryan that Kendric should play upward basketball and try soccer and Cadence needs to play soccer,but then he opened my eyes and told me to take a step back and I was going out of the margin. With all those things, how would we find time to be with God and the family and each other. So true.
Right now we want to focus on raising our children with christ and helping them grow a relationship  with God and not worry about how many sports they can be in and how busy we can keep ourselves.
With all the business of sports and activites and the daily duties of life, we get consumed and forget about the importance of downtime and knowing your limits.
The Schedule is the most difficult to set a margin. We need to examine our schedules and figure what is causing us to go out of our margins.
Andy says in the book, that God gave us 24 hours in a day and he put a certain amount of days in each of our lives and when time runs out we seem to push aside the important things.
God gave us time,but he also knows how we are going to spend that time and he wants us to give our calenders to him and let him be in control of them.
I am getting so much fulfillment and eye opening facts with this study.
The chapter over view is:
Less is more
Downtime
Quality vs. Quantity(finances)
Reordering your finances
A time to Run
Finding professional Margin
I am so looking forward to this study and I know it will change the way I think about things and the schedule I have for myself.
Do you have margins or do you exceed them?

 " I try to take one day at a time,but sometimes several days attack me at once"
Jennifer Yane

"A life spent in constant labor is a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward"
George Jean Nathan

"Today,there are three kinds of people:
the have's,the have-not's and the have-not-paid-for -what
-they-have-have's"
Earl Wilson

One more that hits home:
"we can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs."
Gloria Steinem

If  you are in a small group or just want a study to do, this is great. Andy Stanley has awsome sermons and studies. He is easy to listen to.

3 comments:

Carol said...

Interesting. I just blogged about the busy-ness of life and setting priorities. Sometimes I need to sit down and re-evaluate what is truly important. It sounds like this book would really speak to me. Thanks for sharing this!

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

Love the quote from Earl. Now following you.
~ Kimberlee at The Spunky Diva 

Liz @ SageandCocoa.blogspot.com said...

Mark and I are doing a couples' bible study that is by this guy. We love it!!