Grind = fatigue, Margin = energy;
Grind = hurry, Margin = calm;
Grind = anxiety, Margin = peace;
Grind = culture, Margin = counter culture;
Grind = stressed, depressed, and exhausted, Margin = calm, content, and charged-up;
Grind = burnout, Margin = mission;
Grind = disease of our culture, Margin = its cure.
#1 Emotional Grind
Load = commitments;
Limit = What we can do before we break down.
1 Corinthians 13:11 NLT
11 It’s like this: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.
1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT
12 Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.
1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT
13 There are three things that will endure—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
Emotional grind comes from neglecting hope.
Emotional margin comes from fostering hope.
Prescription for nurturing hope
Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.
For to this end we toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.
1 Timothy 4:10
When margin decreases, stress increases. What are some of the things that currently cause you the most stress? How is that stress affecting your life?
When margin decreases, your relational intimacy decreases. How have you seen your intimacy with God and others decrease as a result of not having margin in your life?
While it sounds simple, why do you think it is so difficult for many of us to rest and be still before Christ?
In what areas of your life do you need to place more faith in God?
- Seek God’s guidance through prayer of ways He wants to create more margin in your life.