Creating Margin … Part 2

Posted by Kerri Weems.

She opens her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her filled hands to the needy [whether in body, mind, or spirit].  Proverbs 31:20 (AMP)

To create margin in our lives, we have to decide what is taking up financial, emotional or calendar space and eliminate what is no longer effective. When non-essential things are eating up our personal capacity, we will never reach the potential that is ours in Christ. But the reality is that the responsibility for making those changes that lead to greater margin and peace in our lives rests completely with us. The problem is, that sometimes it seems to easier to stay stuck in a comfortable, yet ineffective, way of doing things. Change just seems to be too daunting of an undertaking, so we just ignore those areas of our lives that are bringing stress and hope they will just go away. But it just doesn’t happen like that. At the end of the day, the most important person you can lead is yourself. If you don’t take the initiative to create margin in your life, no one will!

If you are running on empty with no margin here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • If there were three things I could get rid of and I knew it would not make people angry or disappointed, what would they be?
  • What are the top three changes I would like to make? What do I perceive as barriers or obstacles to making those changes? How can I remove those barriers?
  • What things am I investing in that are not aligned with my goals for my family, ministry, and personal life?
  • What steps can I take to make changes, big or small, that will help me invest my energy in things that truly pay off in life?

Everything we decide to change in life requires that we exert energy in one way or another. It takes energy to stop the forward motion of one system and redirect our efforts toward a new thing. Things that were a perfect fit in one season of life can actually become dead weight in the next season. It’s these dead weights that we need to get rid of. Many times the biggest barrier to our happiness is actually our own fears and mindsets. We are afraid to disappoint people. We are afraid of what others will think. We are afraid of failing. We are in a habit of negative thinking. We see ourselves as less capable than we truly are. We underestimate the value of our influence in church and home.

If you find yourself in need of making changes in your life that will help you create needed margin, I want to encourage you. God is for you — He is not against you! He wants you to be full of the fruit of the Spirit. He wants you to have time to seek Him. He wants you to like church again (Gotcha! Been there before!). He wants you to have meaningful relationships. He wants your marriage to be strong and your children to love Him. Romans tells us that if God is for us who can be against us? With God on your side, what are you waiting for? You have all the power you need to live the life He’s called you to lead!


10 thoughts on “Creating Margin … Part 2

  1. JeniferStuart

    Thank you so much for this post! I am very encouraged by it! Right now I’m in the “meantime.” I’m not where I used to be but I’m not where I need to be and I know that I have to make changes. It is so inspiring to think about what changes I would make if I knew I wouldn’t fail! Thanks Again!

  2. Tiffany

    This is a great post. And honestly hubby and I were just talking about this last night. This was just the encouragement I needed. Blessings!

  3. Kerri

    Thanks everybody! I am always reinventing my schedule and trying to make sure that margin in guarded in my life. It’s always worth the extra effort and the temporary discomfort of weeding out the old to make room for the new!

  4. Regina

    Thank you Pastor Kerri for the reminder! Love to share this with the ladies in my small groups! Thanks for Leading & Loving it!

  5. Rachel Hines

    Thanks so much for your posts. My husband takes one day a week to do nothing in ministry.This is a vaulable lesson our former pastor taught us. A day to spend as a family :)I definaltey need to reevaluate the other days of the week!

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