I Have Decided to Create Margins for Living
Jan 3, 2017
“God, You are my shepherd. I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows. You find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, You let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when You walk at my side” – Ps 23:1-4, Msg
when the load we are carrying exceeds our resources and capabilities to carry, we have exceeded margin
R – L = M
time, health, character, education, skill sets, friendships, finances, wisdom…
deposits in our account
job, expectations, health, relational conflict, emotional pressures, stress, deadlines, financial debt, trauma, heavy spiritual lifting withdrawals from the account
“The twitching of America” (Bob Greene)
a nation and generation on overload activity, work, change, choice, commitment, debt, fatigue, info, possessions, traffic, etc
When our resources are greater than our load, we have healthy margins: if another download occurs, we can sustain it. When our resources are less than our load, overload occurs
Dr. Stensen, in his book, “Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial And Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives” says,
“Marginless living is now the universal constant. Humanity is on overload, stressed, joyless, overwhelmed, and suffering the pain of diminishing margins…Margin has been stolen and progress is the thief.”
The assessment of progress
Physical and cognitive - are we healthier, wealthier and more knowledgeable?
social, emotional and spiritual - are we relationally more connected, are our emotions healthy, and are we in a better place spiritually?
Pastoral Counsel for 2017
Plan your time
Prune your activity
Practice simplicity, contentment and gratitude
Separate time from technology
Get less done but concentrate on doing the right things
Don’t rush wisdom
Speak more slowly
Smile more frequently
Trash the extraneous
Learn to pray and play again
Enter your rest
“God, You are my shepherd.
I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows.
You find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word, You let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.
Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when You walk at my side.”