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Although I posted this recently, it’s worth a re-read. In Richard Swenson’s seminal book, Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives, he defines margin this way. Margin is the space between our load and our limits.
He says it is related to our reserves and resilience. He calls it a buffer, a place where we can recharge our batteries, and a space where we can focus on what matters most. I highly recommend the book. Unfortunately, those in ministry often lack margin. Here are 10 signs that may indicate you lack margin and five steps to gain more of it.
I’m always mentally and physically exhausted.
Small things more easily get under my skin. I can’t turn my anxious thoughts off.
Joy - Ministry
I don’t seem to have the joy for ministry I once did.
I count down the days until my day off. Yet even on my day off I’m still anxiously thinking about ministry stuff.
Comeback - Excuse
Those who love me most tell me to slow down yet I always have a comeback excuse.
I often worry about what others think of my performance.
I too easily take things personally.
I find that I can’t focus as well as I once...
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