Space, Pace

Dear Laborers,

The boss in the comic strip “Dilbert” says ,”Our goal this year is zero disabling injuries. Last year our goal was 26 disabling injuries. In retrospect , that was a mistake. We had to injure nine employees , to meet that goal.”

What is your goal ? Specifically this Labor Day, what is your reflection on your “Labor Goal”? Do you want to work more or less, change jobs, enjoy retirement, be a better homemaker or…..?

Isaiah offers us great vision for our labors in Isaiah 5:8. “ Ah , you who join house to house, who add field to field, until there is room for no one but you, and you are left to live alone in the midst of the land!” The prophet is urging us to include margins in our goals. Many of us look at our calendars and tell others of how busy we are. There is unfortunate deception in the message that the busier we are the more important we are. The reality is that a life with no margins is not a life well lived. Just as a field should not be planted fence row to fence row, a life should have space for reflection and Sabbath time.

How is the pace of your life? Would one more thing being added to your schedule bump you into impossible time management stress? If so, then you have left no margins for the moments God desires to have you pause to speak into your life.

Labor day is a spiritual gift. Prayerfully consider the margins in your life. For it is in the margins that we allow time to dwell with our Lord. May time with our Creator be our ultimate goal.

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen


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