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Accepting that margin is part of abiding is a faith step. You have to believe what God has said about boundaries: that they are pleasant. There is something about our flesh that rages against the idea that we are limited, must be limited.
But if you’ve ever disrespected margin then you know that space and distance and edges in your life are your best protection against that bankrupt feeling. If your life lived out is a beautiful story that God is writing on a crisp white page and you disrespect the margins? Then all the lovely words He is using to build you and shape you and set you apart spill off the page and you become lost. You’ll neglect life-giving things for putting out fires and you’ll become awful fuzzy about what you are actually called to be and you might just buy into what the world says you should be. You’ll become a jumbled, fragmented, confused and confusing mess.
Where you live is God’s physical gift of margin to you. It is the place where you lean into who He has made you to be. It’s where you nurture your gifts. It’s where you allow Grace to be a balm to you. You know how long and how far you can go before you need to choose home again.
Margin is not an excuse to not to be going out. Margin is what makes going out possible. It’s the filling up, the boiling down, the concentrating that enables you to move into others. You respect margin so that you can step into your calling.