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Time Series Recap, Creating Margin in Your Life

We just finished a series at Cornerstone a couple of weeks ago called “TIME”. We basically tried to recapture the value of this precious and fleeting gift. One of sermons was about something very few of us understand it’s called – “margin” (week 4 podcast available here).

This is an article that has a lot to say about building “margin” into our lives, Margin: Space Between Ourselves and Our Limits, and I would highly recommend reading it when you get a chance.

I’m convinced that margin is something that could add so much to our connection with God. Because of our mostly unhealthy schedules we are people who live jammed lives. There is no margin or down time where we just relax and listen to God. There is no space for God to do His renewing work in our souls. It’s like we’re outpacing God’s desire to catch up with us. Here’s a reality check for you – margin is NOT simple. It requires us to be intentional about how we spend resources like time and money. It means adjusting our priorities and possibly doing away with some things. Man, that’s the tough part. Saying “no” to the good, so we can say “yes” to the best.

We cannot create more time, but we can create margin. So, I dare you to do it! Here’s a truth: even when you think you can’t, life goes on.

I Love it When People Get It!

I love it when people get it!

I’ve had several people share their story of life change with me this week. I never get tired of hearing them. I’m also humbled when they talk of how Cornerstone has been a significant part of that change. Some common threads in these stories seems to be the overwhelming power of God they capture through the kindness of volunteers, the passion of the music, the authenticity, the relevant messages, the awesome youth/children’s ministry and the fact that they leave challenged to live at a new level. I guess these would be the main points of the conversation. Also, though, each of these stories include the critical element of God’s timing.

They came at a time when they were open and seeking God. (Side note: why people would bash a church for reaching out to people who are seeking God is beyond me!) They were looking for a connection they had lost or never really had in the first place.  It’s always encouraging to hear them talk about how the way we do what we do is what helped them find God. It was the whole environment that helped them overcome fears of church or misunderstandings about God. It’s just beautiful to watch people get it! To see them fully believe in and understand what we are trying to do at Cornerstone.

To be sure, we are not perfect. That is not our mission. We are simply trying to hear God’s voice and be obedient to His desire for our church. We are passionately doing everything we can to honor our mission of leading people to know and serve Jesus. The Bible says that Jesus came “to seek and to save that which was lost”. He gave us the command to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

To this end, I will press on…

Stepping Towards Independence

Wow…life moves pretty fast! One blink and things change. For example, Michael, my 15 year old, has his driver’s permit. He drove me and his brothers home from Montgomery this past Saturday (first time on the interstate).  We had just finished eating burgers and dogs at “5 guys and a Burger” in East Chase (let me just say mmmmmmm!). Anyway, halfway back to Auburn it hits me “This is Michael’s first big step toward independence. This time next year he’s driving on his own!- whoa”.  What happened to that little kid who was asking me to tie his shoes and make him chocolate milk??

Also, Wesley my 13 year old shaved for the first time last night and will be confirmed this Sunday. I will have the honor, privilege and pleasure of baptizing him and bringing him into church membership (as I did Michael 2 years ago and I will do for Will 2 years from now). I’m pumped! But I’m also reminded that time is moving on. It is relentless. It causes little boys to grow. It causes things to change and therefore, I have to change. Not always easy – but necessary.

So, in the words of  Kenny Chesney “Don’t Blink”.