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Margins ...
Posted on 06.29.2012

Hi Everyone,

During the last few weeks, I have had the chance to do a word study on a reoccurring theme that keeps popping into my life. It’s the subject of Margins.

I thought I’d share some thoughts (my own and others) since I know full well that there may be others like me who are living lives with little to no margin. In times like these, it is easy to do.  It can happen without us even knowing it.

First off, take five minutes and read of this blogger I follow.  His name is Michael Hyatt.  It’s a nice read: (Thanks Michael Berg for the heads up on this blogger.)

http://michaelhyatt.com/more-margin.html

Good words indeed!

My friend Ken Cottingham recently explained "margin" to me this way…..

"Having no margins built into our lives is like being in a car on a busy highway and riding right on the bumper of the car in front of you. When they hit the breaks you have little to no room (margin) for error. A pile up is likely to occur."

Without building margins into all areas of our lives, we are setting ourselves to crash and quite possibly create a pile up with those around us. 

Thinking about all this brought a verse of wisdom to my mind. Psalms 46:10a says simply, “Be still and know that I am God.”

Being still does not mean to stand in a quite place and listen to the breeze and wait for a warm feeling, although it may indeed include that experience.  It does, however, mean to be still and build time (margins) into your life…a Sabbath for rest, a Sanctuary for worship and for daily meetings with God. It is in being still that we find refreshment, perspective, security, safety and counsel that only our heavenly Father can give.

Without these disciplines of margin in our lives, we become the “masterminds” of our lives. Remember the character from the Austin Powers movies, Dr. Evil? Always trying to rule the world and control the outcome?  That is us without margins. 

Question, how’s that working for us individually and collectively?  I’ll be honest; it’s a rut we are all in right now individually and as a nation. It’s just a matter of time before the train comes off the track. We are not built to be masterminds.  We are wired by God Himself to co-labor with Him and in His power and might.

Ann Morrow Lindbergh said it this way ….. 

“Too many people, too many demands. Too much to do, competent, busy, hurrying people – It’s just not living at all.”

So, what do you say?  Let’s create some margins in our lives for life itself!  It’s just a tweak here and a tweak there. Can I get a witness?  I’m serious.  I would like to have your input.  Many of us know how to help with the help we have received from God’s grace in our experiences.  As fellow sojourners, take a moment and give everyone your pithy thoughts. 

My hope and prayer is that this email, along with all our musical resources, is a blessing to you and help in your spiritual, personal and communal lives. 

Oh What A Savior,

Ernie

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