This morning on the way to school, I had the opportunity to teach my 7 year old and 4 year old about Margin. I was attempting to help them understand why we want our mornings to be Peaceful and not Stressful. Here’s a synopsis.
- We live crazy lives. Which is okay, in fact we prefer it this way, most of the time. Once we get to school, or work, our life is full of details, homework, friends, teachers, lessons, responsibilities, etc.
- We want our mornings to be peaceful. The more relaxed our mornings can be, the better we’ll be for the rest of the day.
- The way to have peace is through Margin. Put another way, Peace lives in the Margins of our lives. Show me someone with no peace, & I’ll show you someone with no margin. No peace in your finances? I bet you don’t have margin. No peace in your calendar? I bet you don’t have margin. No peace in your personal life? I bet you don’t have margin.
- Margin is the distance between where you live and your limits. Foolish is the person who resides on the side of a cliff. We wouldn’t think to build a home within 6 inches of a cliff, but we do it all the time in other areas of our lives.
- Margin is everywhere. I pointed out to the boys that roads are built with margin. Books have margin. Papers have margin. 7-Eleven signs have margin. It’s everywhere. And it was God’s idea. My 4 year old asked me if trees have margin. I said, “yep, it’s called bark. Without, the wood is exposed to the elements and the tree won’t survive.”
- Blessing live in the margins. We got to school 10 minutes early and rather than drop them off in the car line, I walked them in. I told them, “because we have margin in our time today, daddy got to walk you in.” Then my 7 year old asked me, “Can we stop at the drinking fountain before class?” I answered yes. Then he said to me, “Because we have Margin, right?”
I just smiled.
Want to live a blessed life?
Want to have peace?
Examine your margins. That’s where they live.
Just a bloggish thought,