“It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”– Psalm 127:2

We shouldn’t wait until our health plummets before we decide to create margin in our lives? The Bible teaches that your body needs downtime in order to heal and re-energize.

I strongly believe in the fact that if you have to be exhausted, it’s better you get exhausted doing what God has called you to do, however, in order to avoid, mental illusion or enchantment, you need to take a chill pill!

What do I mean by mental illusion or enchantment? This happens when your feelings begin to cloud your thoughts and thereby produces wrong judgment and actions.

Rick Warren puts it this way: “when you’re overloaded by activity, you can only think of yourself. You’re in survival mode, just trying to make it through another day. And that limits your usefulness in ministry!

When you have no downtime or margin in your life and God taps you on the shoulder, saying, ‘I’d like you to do this for me,’ your first response isn’t joy. Your first response is, ‘Oh, no! Another thing to do! Sorry, God — I’d like to do that, but I’m just too busy.'”

We end up resenting the great opportunities God brings into our lives. But when we deliberately and specifically add downtime into our lives, we become available for God to use us as we head into this decade of destiny.

You don’t have to live on overload. You don’t have to live in survival mode. Begin today to build a buffer around your schedule. Then enjoy the benefits of margin — and see what God does next!

– Written by Alex Amos

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