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2021_05_05 Insight Post- Rusty Coram

This week's reading- Mark 3-4

It’s a pretty common opinion that it’s a sign of superior skill and competence to always be calm, organized and in control. Time/life management tools are always in high demand - especially those that promise to get, and keep you on track. There are two reasons I resist the lure to find the perfect time management solution… no, three reasons. First, I have tried a number of them, and while some have been helpful, none have transformed me. Second, the people I know (and there aren’t many) who are really good at time management, have very different personalities than me. In fact, the ones who are best at time management, are often not all that great at relationships. The main reason for that is because genuine connections with others are inherently messy, and rarely predictable. Third, and this is significant, even Jesus didn’t always have the balance in His life that the time management gurus point to as ideal!

For those of us who struggle with finding balance, here is an encouraging episode from Jesus’ life, “One time Jesus entered a house, and the crowds began to gather again. Soon he and his disciples couldn’t even find time to eat. Mark 3:20 (NLT)

Even Jesus had times when He didn’t have the perfect balance in His day... but then again what is that balance anyway? We have to think about what our goal is... it could be that we want utter control over our lives, so that we mitigate any discomfort or distractions that are unsettling. If that is our target, then becoming a hermit is probably the best option. If our goal is to be used by God to have a positive impact in the world, then we need to get ready for times of imbalance as we invest in others. Now, this of course is not a reason to waste time, be sloppy and make excuses for missing our responsibilities. This is just a reminder that rather than a goal of balance, it would be better to have a goal of faithful service and sacrifice for God’s sake and others.

Rusty Coram

Senior Pastor