Friday, March 1, 2013
Margin- Chapter 1
(A few friends and I are reading this book together. Each week we are reading one chapter. On Fridays, I am posting my comments, then giving them the opportunity to add their thoughts as well. If you would like to join us or simply find out more about the book, you can read about it here.)
Chapter 1: "Marginless Living"
- In introducing the topic, the author showed what margin and marginless look like. He then pointed out that "Marginless is culture; margin is counterculture." (pg. 13) In starting this book, I found it helpful to be reminded that seeking to establish margin will go against the flow. Therefore, it will be difficult.
- He correctly pointed out that marginless living is rampant despite all of our modern conveniences that make life easier. My mind went to the Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder which Viola and I have been reading. Laura's family worked hard and had to do many things by hand. However, they found time to have quiet evenings together reading, sewing, and listening to Pa's fiddle. Something close to that is my goal!
- He phrased it that he "purchased back margin," something "that cost me significant income." (pg. 16) It helped me to again realize that establishing margin in my life may cost me something that I think I want now, but in the end, I will be glad I gave it up. The blessings will outweigh the cost.
- I'm sure each of you "fellows" has felt pressure because of all that needs to be done. I certainly have as well. For me, I think a lack of margin is often a big contributor to that pressure. Hence, this book is for me.
- As ministers, part of our job is to apply the Bible to practical life situations. I think it is important for us to understand this problem because we will be ministering to many who are facing it as well.
- I liked this: "Pain first gets our attention- as it does so well- and then moves us in the opposite direction of the danger." (pg. 17) Unfortunately, I often don't try to move the other direction; I just wiggle around to try to get it to stop.
I've had my say, what say you?
[For your information: Be careful of trying to add too long a comment. (Don't think that'll be a problem for this chapter.) In the last reading project a couple of guys found out the hard way there is a limit. I tried to find out what it is, but couldn't. You have been warned- don't come crying to me now if it happens!]
Discussion on Chapter 2