Let me start this article by admitting that it has nothing to do with finances, but it has a lot to do with our Spiritual and physical health as we serve in ministry positions and I don’t just mean “paid” positions, but also volunteer ministry positions. The catch phrase that has been rolling around in my circle of friends recently is “how are your margins?” This phrase asks, are you giving yourself some time for relaxation or are you burning the candle on both ends and in the middle all the time? I have just completed reading a number of articles and in doing so I want to ask you a couple of questions, “Are we having our most important conversation?” and “Are we having it on a consistent basis?”
Let me first of all say that these questions are not referring to your quiet time. I bet you thought that this was where I was going, no, even though that is very important. I have been challenged to engage in a conversation with my Lord on a consistent basis. I have been doing it mostly on Friday. It is the one day that I can spend some extended time with God. Remember what the Psalmist said in 139:23, “search me, O God, and know my heart!” I have said that and then gone merrily on my way. Maybe God searched me, but I never listened to what he found, so it was a waste of time.