Have you ever thought, “Wow, I wish there was more time in a given day or in a week to get things done?” Or, do you ever wish that you and/or your family had more funds in the bank account to meet your monthly expenses? Even still, have you ever been in a dry season in your life spiritually and wanted a fresh pathway to find refreshment and nourishment from the Lord? Well, you are not alone!
Many of us wish for more “margin” in our lives, regardless if we are retired or still working. “Margin” is having space in our lives to be able to do what needs to be done without feeling like the walls are caving in on us. Dr. Richard Swenson, a medical doctor, has written a great book entitled, Margin, where he says, “THE CONDITIONS OF modern-day living devour margin” (13). What happens to many people today is they live far too often without margin, and people are stressed to the max; they are full of anxiety; and they are living lives full of unrest as opposed to a life full of margin. Our schedules can be overloaded with appointments, practices, school events, meetings and an array of other things. Furthermore, Dr. Swenson goes on to define margin as: “the space between our load and our limits…Margin is the opposite of overload” (69). Where are you in this spectrum?
We are going to hit the “pause button” on the book of Acts for the next five weeks as we talk about how to find margin in the following areas: spiritually, relationally, financially, emotionally, and margin with our time. We will dive into key Bible stories and passages, which I pray will show us how to have some margin in the aforementioned areas. Invite someone in need of a church home to come with you for this new series.
Finally, I want to thank everyone for doing such a great job in serving the kiddos and the families through Starting Strong! It was an amazing thing to see so many from FBCG being the hands and feet of Christ by putting the Gospel into action through both “Word and deed.”
Grace and peace,