I shared this poem I wrote with my Bible study group this past year. Do you have any margin in your life? Are you good at saying no and leaving space in your life? (I’m not terribly good at leaving margin in my life, hence the poem.)
Every edge, every crack, every line—
Filled up, full;
Crammed in, actually,
With no room for nothin’.
Can joy live here?
Can Christ dwell?
Can He be if the minutes, hours, and days
Are all spoken for?
I think not.
The space in and around the page—
That should be blank—
Is written in.
Too many notes in the margin.
Lined or unlined—doesn’t matter—
Can’tall be taken up
By things that may or may not be important.
Ain’t no joy if there ain’t any space to move
Or air to breathe.
Can’t live this way too long, with no margin, no room
For Him to dwell within.
Lauren Hunter is a writer who loves the big picture of God’s journey we are all on together. Raised in a fourth-generation family of Christian Scientists, Lauren Hunter left her family’s faith behind at the age of 25 to become an evangelical Christian. She is also the founder of ChurchTechToday, a leading website for pastors and church leaders. Married to her high school sweetheart, Lauren lives in Northern California with her husband and their four children. Her latest book is Leaving Christian Science: 10 Stories of New Faith in Jesus Christ.