Monday, July 14, 2008
Our family needs a lot of margin. Like margin on a page of a book~ we need blank space in our lives.
Have you ever purchased a book with little to no margin? I have. It was an old reprint that was taken from the original with no editing to its format. I never realized before how important margin could be. It was impossible for me to enjoy reading the book~ even though I am sure the content was wonderful. It was just too stressful.
So it is in life.
We only seem to enjoy the "good stuff" in the middle when we have margin space.
It means that I have to say "no" to certain things. I don't always have the opportunity to visit as much as I would otherwise. But this is such a special season of time with my little ones and in all honesty I don't want to miss it.
Because our family doesn't run well without margin, when things get busy I work at planning margin into our schedule.
HOW I KNOW WHEN I NEED MORE MARGIN:
#1 When I am feeling overwhelmed
#2 When I am neglecting some training area with my children
#3 When I am not connecting with my children
#4 When I don't have the time to do the things I know I need to do~ read the Word, exercise, laundry etc.
#5 When I don't see my children acting in love towards one another
That is when I STOP. I hit the brakes and re-prioritize. Are you there right now? I am. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed and wanting time to look into the sweet faces of my children.
There are so many good things in life, but not all things are helpful for us in this season. There are only so many things that God and our husbands actually call us to.
I think of 1 Corinthians 6:12: "All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything."
We have the liberty to do many things. And we will be given the opportunity to do many good things. But not all of those good things will be profitable for our family at the time in which they are offered.
You may be able to run on less margin than I can. That's great. But if you need to schedule more margin into your days and weeks I would encourage you to do so.
We only have one chance to lead these little hearts home.