I heard myself say today to a friend, “I feel like I have my margins back”!
I looked up the definition for the word “margin” on dictionary.com and it said 1) “the space around the printed or written matter on a page” 2) “an amount allowed or available beyond what is actually necessary ”
In a book I have been reading called “Teen-ology” by Jim Burns, he quotes a physician and author Richard Swenson ” Today, most of us routinely spend 20 percent more than we have, whether in money, time, or energy,” he said. “When life is continually maximized, however, there is no margin for priorities, relationship, depth, worship, rest, contemplation, service, or healing.” (p142)
The culture we live in doesn’t seem to value margins, but we need them. I feel like the past few months I have been living without space in my life, schedule, and mind for ‘margins’ and it has taken a toll on me as well as those around me. Are you in that space as well? Are you over-committed and feel like you have no extra space to think, dream, pray, or be mentally and physically available for those around you. Do your family a favor and create some space in your life.
We have a tendency to fill all of our extra space with tasks, projects, and extra “stuff” but I am going to try and make space for the important things that tend to happen in the margins of our lives. Want to join me? Let’s make a commitment to create margins that will allow for the unexpected, important, incredible things that can happen in that space.
Thanks for leaning in,