God is teaching me to live with a margin. Living with a margin simply means allowing room for things to happen. There are really only three ways a person can arrive anywhere. He can arrive early, on time, or late. I used to always try to arrive right on time, and I consistently arrived a few minutes late. That’s because I allowed no margin. I now try to plan to arrive a few minutes early when I plan to arrive somewhere so I can be on time. Living with a margin also applies to our finances. Having some money in savings to prepare for extra bills that can some up is having a margin. Taking time to listen to someone we disagree with without responding too quickly is living with a margin. James 1:19 tells us, … “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” And not getting in other people’s personal space is a physical margin we need to keep. Living with a margin honors the people around us. Let’s live with God’s margin in every area of our lives.
Living with a margin
About the Author: Larry Kreider
Larry has spent the past four decades training leaders to make disciples with the small group concept. Larry serves as the international director of DOVE International, a worldwide network of over 1,100 churches in 25 nations. Larry has written more than 40 books and travels extensively teaching and imparting practical discipleship to leaders globally. Read about Larry or catch up on Larry’s blog.