Liminal

 

Summer Fades

All the things of September are upon us as summer fades in the rear view mirror.  If you’re like me you’re already trying to figure out how you are going to get the list of things done before you get swallowed up in the faster pace and increased demands. 

The last thing you have time for is stopping and changing your plans.

 

Liminality

Liminal. Technically it is a term used in architecture. It refers to the threshold of a house. The space between the outside and the inside. You’re not quite in, but neither are you out. In the social sciences liminal is the place of transition. You’ve left one place in time and you aren’t quite in the next one. You’re somewhere in between.

Sometimes it’s hard to make that transition. You know you need to leave what’s behind but it’s hard to step into what’s ahead. You’re caught in “limbo.”

When I talk to people in our church and community it seems that we are in that space. The transition is here but we haven’t quite arrived.

The schedule is busier.

The list gets longer.

The tension rises.

 

Questions.

So how do we do it?

How do we make that transition from one place to the next?

To start, we have to take a few moments to ask ourselves some real questions. Critical questions that push past the urgent and busyness.

Like, what is important to me? And, who is important to me? And even, how will I live in the goodness of God’s grace and love?

No doubt there are many things that need to get done. But if I don’t start answering some of those questions then I’ll never get there.

So, let’s take a few moments and get at it right now:

1. What relationships are most important? (start with God, family, church family, friendships, yourself). How will my calendar reflect my commitment to those relationships? What do I need to let go of so that they take priority?

2. What else is important to me? What gives me life? (passions, causes, values, work). How do I build my life so that those other commitments have room to thrive?

3. Now think about the idea of rhythm. A rhythm is one of those—daily, weekly, monthly—patterns that reflects one of thpriorities. What kinds of rhythms can I create so that those relationships and priorities take root in my daily life?

4. Okay, one more. What about sleep, rest, margin? Is there room for that?

 

One More Thing.

In the midst of all that comes at us we need to remember something.

You were never created to sustain a pace that is greater than what you can handle. In fact, in the midst of everything that is in front of you right now you need to remember that true living is found when we give ample time to rest in God.

“The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
He leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.”

(Psalm 23:1-3)