Last week I spoke about the importance of each of us building margin into our lives. One of the biggest mistakes you could make with your life is to think you don’t have enough time or resource to create margin. The reason you are in a no margin position is because you believe that! Margin must be created. Margin isn’t the default setting. Anybody you encounter with time, finance, relationship or any other type of margin in their life has had to purposefully build a lifestyle that creates it! Having no margin is easier to achieve than breathing. There are people who earn 10x the wage that you or I do and yet are one bad deal away from bankruptcy. It isn’t about the amount of money you earn, it’s the values you attach to that money that brings financial security and freedom.
The other important thing to understand about margin is that margin multiplies. Financial margin is a great example of this. A number of years ago I got so far ahead in my home loan that when an opportunity came to lease a property and buy some cattle as an extended family venture, I was able to redraw all the money I needed from my home loan to do it. We were on a single low wage at the time and chances of borrowing money were slim. That 3 year deal more than doubled my financial investment and ultimately helped me buy the house I live in today. If I had no financial margin I would not have been able to take advantage of that opportunity. Just this week we celebrate a number of our church members returning from a short-term mission’s trip in India. When serving Jesus margin is essential. Without the finance or time margin our short-term missionaries would never have had the life changing experiences they enjoyed overseas. Jesus wants us to be building margin not just so we have the ability to make use of opportunities to extend His kingdom but He knows that creating margin is essential for living the wide open spacious life He designed for us. No matter how broken a relationship feels or how busy or broke you feel today, it is never too late to start some margin building.