We are stressed by the pace of modern life. One of the solutions is to build margin into your life. Margin is the space between your load and your limit. We need buffer or breathing space in our lives.

In his book entitled Margin, author and physician Richard Swenson says:

“Marginless is being thirty minutes late to the doctor’s office because you were twenty minutes late getting out of the bank because you were ten minutes late dropping the kids off at school because the car ran out of gas two blocks from the gas station—and you forgot your wallet. Margin, on the other hand, is having breath left at the top of the staircase, money left at the end of the month, and sanity left at the end of adolescence.

“Marginless is the baby crying and the phone ringing at the same time; margin is Grandma taking the baby for the afternoon. Marginless is being asked to carry a load five pounds heavier than you can lift; margin is a friend to carry half the burden. Marginless is not having time to finish the book you’re reading on stress; margin is having the time to read it twice.

“Marginless is fatigue; margin is energy.

“Marginless is red ink; margin is black ink.

“Marginless is hurry; margin is calm.

“Marginless is anxiety; margin is security.

“Marginless is culture; margin is counterculture.

“Marginless is reality; margin is the remedy.

“Marginless is the disease of the new millennium; margin is its cure.”

Margin quote photo by ManikRathee

BUILD IN BREATHING ROOM

Message by Todd Lester – April 10, 2016

Living Simply … We value uncluttered lives, which free us to love boldly, give generously, and serve joyfully.

Job 3:26 I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; only trouble comes.

Benefits of Margin:

  • Peace of mind
  • Better physical health
  • Stronger relationships
  • More available to God

STEPS TO BUILDING BREATHING ROOM IN YOUR LIFE

1. ACCEPT MY HUMAN LIMITATION

Psalm 103:14 For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.

Job 14:5 You have decided the length of our lives. You know how many months we will live, and we are not given a minute longer.

Our limitations:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Mental
  • Time

2. EXPECT TO HAVE PROBLEMS

John 16:33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.

Proverbs 22:3 A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

3. BUILD SPACE IN MY SCHEDULE

Ecclesiastes 10:15 Fools are so exhausted by a little work that they can’t even find their way home.

4. PRUNE MY ACTIVITIES PERIODICALLY

1 Corinthians 6:12 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you…

5. DO LESS AND TRUST GOD MORE

2 Corinthians 1:8-9 … We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.

Child smelling rose blue tint

Stop and smell the roses!

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