“margin: a spare amount or measure or degree allowed or given for contingencies or special situations” Merriam-Webster Dictionary
I’m not good at always keeping margin in my life. I fill my life with so much and when the summer comes and I think of relaxing yet I seem to add more. Softball is on Tuesdays, Tennis on Wednesdays and sometimes Thursdays. Weekend beach time includes relaxing and tackling the summer reading list. Summer also includes a couple of trips to Vermont for family time, the pool, hiking and biking. All the activities New Englanders dream of in winter must be fit in each summer – kayaking, biking, lake swimming, outdoor concerts, ice cream runs, and on and on. I have most often written this blog during the time I leave in the margin. Yet this season the margin has shrunk. I am leaving my position of 11 years and the transition has been more time consuming then I expected. Every morning is early and my to-do list is nearly all I dream of.
All these reasons are why blogging has taken a back seat. Yet the fall is coming and with the new season it will bring a new schedule, team, students to work with, commute time, and a decision about the margin in my life. Will I, this autumn season, insist on more margin in my life? When I mean insisting on margin, this is a conversation with myself and God. What does God want me to do this season? Where does he want me to serve and learn this season? More importantly where and how does he want me to rest and leave my schedule open and unplanned? Where is He directing and leading me to have margin?
I have thought often about my time and what would happen if I didn’t have any margin. Though the margin seems slim in my life what if I didn’t have any? What if to put food on my table and keep a roof over my head I needed to have 2 or even 3 jobs? What if my commute time in my air conditioned and dry car was not commuting for work but walking and hauling water home before I head to “work”? I am blessed beyond measure.
In the Margin is where so much good happens. On the paper it is where I doodle and dream. It’s where the inspiring movie is watched. The life altering conversation that is had over an impromptu dinner, it happens in the margin. It is where the stop to smell the sea air or walk in newly fallen snow is taken. Margin….do you have enough of it?