“How have you been?” -one guy
“Soooo busy…..I’m not even sure what day it is” -another guy
“Can you come over for dinner?” -one person
“I would love to but we have so much going on this weekend. Ask me again next week”. -yet another person
“Hey, did you remember to bring that thing I asked you about?” -my wife
“No, I forgot! I am so sorry. I have had so much going on lately that I barely remember to put my shoes on in the morning.” – me
These are several variations of conversations either I have with someone or am on the other side. And, it seems to be viewed as a good thing.
One time in my youth ministry carreer I was introduced to a youth mom that was presented as “Super-mom” because of all of the things she juggled. Apparently she had the supernatural ability to be at work, volunteering at school, cook dinner, and keep her house neat and tidy at the same time. I guess her only kyroptonite is having a free moment.
In fact, it has been my experience over the last few years that the “badge of honor” for most folks is their ability to be busy or appear busy at all times. Some might call it an addiction or some other diagnosis.
I would call it an insecurity.
Trevor and Allen have done a great job both outlining what a day without margins looks like as well as what white space in a schedule could look like. Yet, we have to ask ourselves the question: can we bear to slow down and disengage once in a while?
In our church community it is no secret that I have a facination with the early church community as stated in the latter parts Acts 2 and Acts 4. For some reason these people found a way to live out Christ’s mission in a way that put everyone “in awe”. As I read it, four main things happend:
They followed Christ’s teachings as taught by the apostles.
They spent tons of time together.
They broke bread.
Stop now and read Acts 2:42-47. The blog will be here when you get back.
How foriegn is this community? Could this actually exist today?
Do you think they had any time and patience for people being “just too busy” to have a meal together or forget their neighbors needs because the have “too much going on”?
You see, a life without margins is kryptonite to real and authentic community. When there is really only space to wake up, go to work, go to practice, do homework, watch a little TV, and go to bed- when will there ever be time partake in what is good and real in our communities?
So, this is your chance to respond. Has life without margins caused you to ever say “no” to living life in community? What did that look like?