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    8 months, 4 weeks ago
    Good Morning in Jesus’ Name!

    Creating “Margin” In Our Lives
    Each page in this book has a margin. You wouldn’t read this “Fact” if the print ran to the edges of the paper because it would offend your sense of proportion. In similar fashion, our lives also need margin. They need proportion.

    Margin is:
    “The gap between rest and exhaustion…
    “The leeway we once had between ourselves and our limits…
    “Something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations… ”
    If you are running thin on margin these days, my guess is you are on overload in at least some of the following areas:
    Too many commitments.
    Too much competition.
    Too much debt.
    Too many expectations.
    Too much ministry.
    Here are six steps we can take to insure margin is built into our lives:
    Learn to expect the unexpected. Because most everything takes longer than anticipated, learn to build margin into your planning.
    Learn to say no. Contrary to your perception, you are not indispensable.
    Cut down on the activities as they have a way of self-perpetuating; of multiplying.
    Practice simplicity and contentment. Choose to live with less.
    Get less done but do the right things. Assess all your activities as to their spiritual authenticity.
    Decide to live the life of Jesus… whatever the cost:
    “Let your sweet reasonableness, your forbearance, your being satisfied with less than your due, become known to all men… Stop worrying about even one thing, but in everything… let your requests… be made known in the presence of God, and the peace of God… shall mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-6 – Wuest Translation)

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    • Good thoughts on margins. That portion or place to stop. When we simply reflect on that we can gather that in all things there is a beginning and end. God designed it that way. As I read your post Ecclesiastes 3 came to mind. “To every thing there is a season,
      and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
      A time to be born, a time to die;
      a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
      A time to kill, and a time to heal;
      a time to break down, and a time to build up;
      A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
      a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
      A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
      a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
      A time to get, and a time to lose;
      a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
      A time to rend, and a time to sew;
      a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
      A time to love, and a time to hate;
      A time of war, and a time of peace.

      That points us to what are we doing within our margin? Are we living as Jesus lived? Are we being the witnesses we are called to be and not self appointed judges. MARGINS. Or if we want to make it simple stay in your lane keep in the margin.

      Thanks for the post. Thought provoking.

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