WHY is Margin Important?
In this week’s episode, my guest (Shanna Maria Brawner) cites “Breathe” by Priscilla Shirer as her favorite Bible study of all time. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Priscilla live – but you don’t merely “hear” or “see” her; it’s more like you “experience” her or “enter into Priscilla’s presence.” I’ve been wanting to read some of her written work for a while; it’s one of many on my list….. but after hearing the effects it had on Shanna, I want to dig into it right now! (If ya haven’t heard her interview yet, go listen now to Episode 4!) I gathered from Shanna, that the main takeaway is this; Make margin in every area of your life so you can enjoy it and give thanks to the One who gave it all to you.
Why is it important to do this?
In the case of your relationships, it helps you focus on the ones that matter the most (for me, that’s the 3 other people in my house, my family of origin, my church family- esp my mentors, mentees and the women in my Bible study small group.)
In the case of your closet, clearing out old clothes you haven’t worn in over a year will enable you to see – and more importantly USE- the clothes that you forgot about. (Work that red dress, Girl!)
In the case of your schedule, creating space (Bob Goff suggests quitting one thing every Thursday 🙂 can help you destress and simplify.
It’s like the air conditioning in my car; I turn all the passenger vents off when I’m alone in the middle of a hot flash (you haven’t lived till you’ve experienced menopause!!!) This way, the air is more concentrated coming through the 2 vents pointed directly at my face.
Decluttering in all areas has countless benefits; it frees your mind and your time so you can rest, think clearly and give thanks for the countless gifts bestowed on you every day. As you move to this gentle rhythm of God’s Grace- of rest and work that He Himself modeled in the creation account in Genesis 1 – you’ll actually find you’re more productive than you might have been if you’d worked straight through…. I learned this just yesterday. See, the other night, Blair and I were editing this week’s episode and hoping to be done before dinner, but we were having trouble… We had gone round and round about one section of the interview and felt drained. We’d lost clarity.
We stopped to pray and decided we take a break, sleep on it and come back to it the next morning before he headed to work. It was amazing- I got up early, took a long walk, listened down to the entire episode with all its pieces jigging around like the apps on your iphone do when you’re rearranging them… and then, I saw it like a mosaic come together in my mind, tile by tile. The second I got home, I wrote out the time signatures we needed to omit or change up and we nailed it- first try… it worked. (THIS rarely happens!!! ) I’m trying to let go of my defeated perfectionistic overachiever tendencies…. but it’s still important to me that the integrity of the interview remains intact. I was so happy our changes actually worked and Shanna’s message came through true! Nothing more gratifying than seeing this process from start to finish..
The effects of making margin here was that it led me to clarity, then worship. I haven’t been able to stop giving God thanks since yesterday morning. Nor can I wipe this perma grin off my face. I love my job! 🙂
It’s funny to me that the study Shanna recommends is called “Breathe.” This strikes a chord as I’ve had a really hard time breathing lately. See, it’s perpetually allergy season in Nashvegas- This makes it even more tempting to overedit my part of these interviews. (I already had a hard enough time hearing just the sound of my voice- now it’s even harder!!!) But I’m trying to get used to it….
Shanna is a great example of how one voice, seasoned with salt and truth and grace, can bring about change; even fighting city hall and winning! The duo she’s a part of is called RadioFarm- check out their videos on facebook. They perform singer/songwriter hits from the only decade that ever mattered as far as music is concerned; the 70’s! They do some more recent stuff too 🙂 and I’m sure they’re all great…. Blair and I are still trying to get to one of their shows.
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