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Margin is the extra space in our life. The extra money at the end of the month. The extra time you have when you get to work in the morning. The extra emotion peace you have when you get into a discussion with your spouse. The extra space between you and your date and the moment you fall to temptation.
Our tendency is to take everything to the limit. Cram everything in. push limits morally, spend all our money. When this happens we squeeze out margin.
WHY don’t we live with limits? We are afraid because we don’t want to miss out on life and the result is that life gets out of control
The fact is that: We will all live in limits. Will it be the ones that culture sets for you? Or God limits that have margins?
Today we are going to focus on our time and Schedule.
There are so many people in our community that would say:
- “I don’t have time.” There is no way that I could have margin in my time. I don’t have time for margin.”
- “I can’t slow down or stop enough to make margin happen”
I have good news for you. God can lead you to a place of margin.
What would it take to STAY IN God and not waver. Not sin back and forth. Not be a wishy-washy Christian. Not to be a hypocrite. Not to revert back to a lifestyle of sin.
Today, let’s talk about Guardrails. Guardrails are barriers that keep you from going into a danger area. They are before you get to the danger. They are set up in areas that you could technically drive in, but are warning you to not go any further. They cause a little bit of trouble before you get into a lot of trouble.
Proverbs 22:3 The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it
Most folks in here (if you were honest) would admit that the biggest trouble you have been in could have been avoided if there were guardrails or boundaries or habits that you participated in.
Bankruptcy, affairs, addictions, violence, lashing out, sticking your foot in your mouth, cheating, stealing…any sin. That one thing you wish you could take back!
Today, I am not going to give you a bunch of rules or clearly define the guardrails for your family.
There are some guardrails in scripture, but practically, we all need to examine our life and establish guardrails that are from our heart and intricately connected to our heart…forever.
I want to give you the premise of WHY we have them and then give you the freedom to work them out with your family.
Let’s begin with this simple premise: