Webster-Miriam Dictionary defines margin:
The outside limit and adjoining surface of something -
As human beings we've forgotten what creating margin is all about. Instead we take the margin and overflow it with busyness. We are always busy, always tired. And when we do stop, we are completely exhausted and we become unproductive and sometimes sick.
Yesterday, I mentioned being sick. The worn down kind. The stress and the the schedule had caused my body to shut down. That is clearly no way to live. But, so many of us don't know how to go around it.
Margin: the space we create solely for us (self). Not being selfish or rude, but to preserve our overall wellbeing. We in turn are able to serve/help others. (Defined by me)
We will spend all next week learning how to create this space. We will learn that "no" is a complete sentence. And we will learn that busyness is a distraction.
Galatians 5:14 sums it up pretty well:
“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”" Galatians 5:14 ESV
Margin is also about loving ourselves, enough as not to cause harm. We don't want to cause harm to our neighbors. But as humans we are causing more harm to them because we are harming ourselves. We aren't able to give our undivided attention - we haven't created margin. We flake out on people because we just need "space" or "time". Margin is there for us to create the space we need to function as healthy adults - mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
So many people have said they live in a fog. We want to step out of the fog and learn to concentrate on whatever are doing with focus and clarity.
Are you ready to create some space in your life? This month is all about creating that space, and what to put in that space. I'm ready for a healthy change, are you?