MARGIN is the renewable resource that helps protect our families, our marriages, and our mental health. The principle behind it is simple: you are careful in advance to avoid filling all your time, finances, and emotional energies to capacity.
Instead, you are intentional about leaving space available, or margin, in those critical areas. That way, when you encounter the inevitable unexpected circumstances of life, you aren't pushed beyond your limits.
Instead of prioritizing margin, we live on the edge. We crowd our schedules with so much activity that we have little time left for family, friendship, and rest. And with our finances, we spend all we have and then some. We don’t keep back reserves for the unexpected.
God recommends careful advance planning:
The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty. Proverbs 21:5
Four things are small on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise: The ants are not a strong people, but they prepare their food in the summer.
Excerpt From: Hovind, Chad. “Godonomics.”
Lets leave room in our Margins- and not live so much on the edge.
Maybe we will have room for God moving in our lives (and for hearing Him) when we slow down and stop living so much on the busy edge. Maybe.