Summary: This message looks at our hurried lives and how we can hav some spare time.
Restoring Balance to our Hurried Lives.
ISAIAH 40: 27-31.
Job 3:26. I have no peace! I have no quiet! I have no rest! And trouble keeps coming!
1. What happens when I put a little time/ balance in my life?
A. It gives one peace of mind in our lives.
B. It means that I’d have Better health.
C. It develops stronger relationships.
D. It allows us to be available for God purpose.
II. Steps to building time/balance in our lives.
A. Accept that I have limitations.
Psalm 119:96. I have learned that everything has limits.
Job 14:5. Our time is limited. You (God) have given us only so many months to live and have set limits we cannot go beyond.
B. There is no such thing as a problem free life.
John 16:33. In this world you will have trouble.
Proverbs 22:3. A prudent person foresees difficulties ahead and takes precautions: the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
C. I am the only one who can put time/space in my schedule.
Eccl. 10:15. Only someone too stupid to find his way home would wear himself out with work.
D. There will be times when I will need to prune my activities on a regular basis.
1 Corinthians 6:12. Everything is permissible for me but not everything is beneficial.
E. I must learn to do less and trust in the Lord more.
2 Corinthians 1:8-9. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally not a bad idea since He’s the God who raises the dead!
Restoring Time/Balance to our Hurried Lives.
ISAIAH 40: 27-31.
When Barbara and I were developing our relationship we wrote a lot of letters and we talked a couple of times a month. I believe that we were able to develop our long distance relationship because we communicated with each other by mail and phone. I will admit that we did more communicating by mail that we did by phone because our phone call had to be organized. My position required that I word shift work which meant that on some days I would be working all night and sleeping during the day. So if I wanted to talk to her we would have to pick a night and a time when we would be available. Even though we wrote letters I believe that the talking times were some of the best we had at that stage in our relationship. I don’t know of anyone who wouldn’t want to get a love letter. Well on a Thursday morning John woke early to find that someone had sent him a love letter on his computer! And since he got up early and hadn’t heard the word yet and since it was a love letters, he opened it! It instantly infected every file on his computer and his computer started sending it out to bunch of other people. John found out that the love letter was a virus, one of the fastest viruses in history. This virus not only went from Asia to Europe to America in four hours it also shut down the parliaments of England, the House of Representatives and a lot of corporations. It replicated itself so quickly the systems went on overload and as a result they crashed. We live in a world where a lot of people are on overload and they’re about ready to crash. It has been said that North Americans thrive on working crazy hours, fast food and high tech energy. If you think about that statement for a moment the question that comes to mind is if people are thriving on that formula why are companies’ struggles with so many of their employee being off work because of stress?
A report that came out a few years ago stated that the price of prosperity today is only achieved by working harder and longer than ever before. If we follow that concept we will see by the following stats what the cost is for us to achieve prosperity. We would loose 2½ hours of sleep less than people did a hundred years ago. The average workweek would be longer than it was in the 1960s. People today are actually working longer hours than we did in the 60s. Today the average office worker has 36 hours of work piled up on their desk and it takes at least three hour every week to sort through it and find what the need is. We give eight months of our lives just to and opening junk mail. We use up two years of our lives playing phone tag with people who are busy or who are not answering and we give five years of our life waiting for people who are doing too much and are late for meetings. We live in a society where we are always dealing with feelings of being rushed, late for meetings and we can’t seem to understand why we are exhausted. Job 3:26 I have no peace. I have no quiet. I have no rest and trouble keeps coming.