So as she was leaving yesterday, I asked Jeff if he’d given her gas money.
He said no, with no further explanation.
Because her truck was already full.
He had filled it up the night before. She would discover on her drive out that he’d left her tank on “full.”
Like gas tanks, there are some things you’d like to keep on “full.”
Bank account. Refrigerator. Spiritual contentment.
But your schedule?
If we were equipped with a flashing light
to indicate “100 percent full,”
we could better gauge our capacities.
But we don't have such an indicator light,
and we don't know when we have overextended
until we feel the pain.
~ RICHARD SWENSON, Margin
How do you know when you’ve reached your limit?
An unexpected outburst over something small?
Less energy to do once-fun things?
Perhaps tears are involved?
I’ve been exceptionally tired lately. Not particularly from overscheduling on the outside, but perhaps from trying to keep too much order inside.
So this week I want to unplug a little.
Leave a little more room in the margins.
Many people commit to a 120 percent life
and wonder why the burden feels so heavy.
It is rare to see a life prescheduled to only 80 percent,
leaving a margin for responding
to the unexpected that God sends our way.
I already had a few plans this week. I’ll keep those. But I’ll try not to add anything new. I want to leave some holes in my schedule.
For a long, deep breath before the rest of the summer pushes me full-steam ahead.
And for unplanned things from God.
Otherwise I might be feeling marginless by August. An overseas mission trip immediately followed by a vacation with the in-laws followed two weeks later by my daughter’s wedding might do that.
Can you build up a reserve margin for later use?
I don’t know.
But this week, I’ll be talking to God about it.
So in my grace count this week, I’m thanking the Lord for little things that I can cut out or reduce for a few days while Jenna is away at camp:
- less school planning
- less Google Reader
- less housework
- less e-mail
- less organizing
- less blog commenting
- less Facebook
- less cooking (possibly?)
- less laundry (definitely!)
to leave room for more of these things:
- more reading
- more Bible study
- more writing
- more praying
- more music
- more Jeff
- more sleeping (hopefully)
- more nothing (maybe???)
Until Saturday morning anyway.
Morgan has her first bridal shower (# 274) Saturday afternoon and her second one (# 275) on Sunday and life will keep on picking up speed again faster and faster...
...but hopefully with a more rested me,
from stretching out my margins this week.
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Do you live with a tightly packed schedule?
Or with wide margins? And if so, what’s your secret?