After years of overwork, a physician named Richard Swenson wrote a book called, MARGIN: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives. His concept is simple yet profound.
In baseball, a sacrifice fly helps your team. The batter is out, but his sacrifice enables a teammate to score from third base, possibly winning the game. This is a sacrifice the batter is willing to make.
In baseball when there’s a runner on base and a batter intentionally hits a fly ball to the outfield, it’s called a sacrifice fly. His action enables his teammate to advance to the next base, perhaps even winning the game.
Have you ever been in the middle of a huge family argument when tempers are hot and passionate words are flying — and then the telephone rings? You answer with a pleasant “hello” and have a gracious conversation, perhaps with a total stranger.
Jesus told a parable about a fig tree whose owner wanted to cut it down when it failed to produce fruit after three years. In Palestine good soil was scarce and couldn’t be wasted on non-productive crops.
When Jesus was crucified John was the only one of his disciples who showed up at the cross. The others were low on faith and were hiding out. The Bible tells us that John stood near the cross with Mary, the mother of Jesus.