Margin

Margin

Margin of error

Margin of profit

Margin for others

I was recently enjoying a night out with two dear friends. It’s been months since we’ve really connected and we were playing the fill me in game. My friend shared that she felt a little less than because she wasn’t really doing anything important the important was implied. We provided the almost cliché response given to stay at home Mom’s “of course you are you are doing the most important job in the world.” … Now of course we believed what we were saying but after thinking about it more I realized there is much more to her life than she realizes.- than we realized

If you deconstruct her comment she in comparison to our society feels that she does not have enough on the books. Her days are not FILLED. She has blank time.

Blank time is scary if you really think about it. Especially if you are willing to let others use it.

You are in essence scheduling the opportunity the possibility of giving up control of having your time hijacked by the needs of someone else.

I have to say, as I think more about the way my friend lives I see she leaves blank time on purpose and she fills it with fulfilling the needs of others as they are presented, but in real time- unplanned and anticipated. She gives in ways that you can’t really count and the beautiful thing is she doesn’t care, need to keep track.

I see this in a few other women in my life. Women who have so much on their plate, the same stuff that makes you and I say…”LOVE to help but I’m just too busy”… these ladies will lay it down for you… quickly and sacrificially. I also see how they suffer for it. Their houses are less clean, dinners less prepared, they are at times more harried, but they get the BIG picture. That our life is not our own, and it’s not JUST for our husbands, or our children, or our employers. Our life is for God- we show him he owns it when we are available for his people in need.

Living with Margin- space is the “in the moment” pinnacle. You right where you are available open-.

These marginers rescue my younger daughter at a moment’s notice

They listen to me over and over and over as I tell them basically the same hard story of a suffering family – AND they keep asking

They rush over to physically help me abandoning their day

They cook for me when they are tired and haven’t given a thought to how or what to feed their families

They love me- with sacrifice.

Oh God thank you, thank you for calling us to have some MARGIN- give us the strength to have the courage to allow for it. Thank you for showing up in my friends, in my Mother, my Father, my Brother, my Sister, my Husband

1 Corinthians 12:12-20

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves[d] or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would

not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts,[e] yet one body.

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