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When enough is not
This sermon is part of the sermon series inSanity.See series.

Introduction

On my way to work this week, I had this peaceful time to think as I drove. Actually, I had even more time than usual, because I was kindly given the chance to sit at a railway crossing as this 900-car freight train from Hades went by at the speed of snail. I started thinking, Why does this bother me the way it does? What is really behind the often insane speed of my life today? We all know that technological progress makes it possible for the engine of life to go faster and faster, but what is fueling this engine?

Just because we have email and text messaging doesn't mean that we have to respond immediately or write emails all the time. Simply because Microsoft Outlook allows me to slice life into ever-tinier compartments doesn't mean I must jam more stuff in there. When the Catalogue Fairy visits my house and showers me with her bounty, I am not required to open any of her gifts. Just because the stores operate for longer and longer hours, and the sports and activity schedules now have no off-season, does not mean that I have to engage with them or insist that my kids do. So what drives this? What's the fuel?

Driving on Maximizer Plus

In the tenth chapter of the Gospel of Mark, we read a story that provides, I think, a helpful clue. Verse 17 says: "As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. 'Good teacher,' he asked, 'what must I do to inherit eternal life?'" Jesus starts by side-stepping the man's question and asking a rhetorical one himself: "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone." In other words, do you recognize that the goodness you see in me is simply the goodness of God himself? Then Jesus goes on to lay out for the man a picture ...

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Dan Meyer is pastor of Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. Driving the Maximizer Plus

II. Is this sanity?

III. Life in the balance

Conclusion