Monday, March 8, 2010

Margin

Margin.
We don't write to fill every part of a page. We allow margins around each edge.

God never designed us to work all the time.

One day a week was mandated for rest. But there were lots of other times as well that were to be taken off work.

16 “On the fourteenth day of the first month,[h] you must celebrate the Lord’s Passover. 17 On the following day—the fifteenth day of the month—a joyous, seven-day festival will begin, but no bread made with yeast may be eaten. 18 The first day of the festival will be an official day for holy assembly, and no ordinary work may be done on that day.

25 The seventh day of the festival will be another official day for holy assembly, and no ordinary work may be done on that day.

26 “At the Festival of Harvest,[j] when you present the first of your new grain to the Lord, you must call an official day for holy assembly, and you may do no ordinary work on that day.

“Celebrate the Festival of Trumpets each year on the first day of the appointed month in early autumn.[k] You must call an official day for holy assembly, and you may do no ordinary work.

7 “Ten days later, on the tenth day of the same month,[p] you must call another holy assembly. On that day, the Day of Atonement, the people must go without food and must do no ordinary work.

12 “Five days later, on the fifteenth day of the same month,[q] you must call another holy assembly of all the people, and you may do no ordinary work on that day.

God wanted His people to prosper and flourish.

But not at the cost of all else in their lives.

They were to have margin. Time to contemplate. Take away from work. Renew their relationship with God. Celebrate the work of God in history.

You are a hard worker.

Do you have margin?

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