The Importance of Margin

Identify Margin


Though our culture glorifies busyness and applauds a lack of margin in our lives, margin is crucial. In this post, Steve Stroope, Lead Pastor at Lake Pointe Church, encourages believers to create space for the Holy Spirit to move.




When we push ourselves to exhaustion, we don’t function as we should. It is only when we build margin into our lives that we allow our bodies, emotions, and spirit to function well. 

Take stock of your own life. Do you have margin? Where can you identify margin on your calendar pages? In your bank account? In your physical health? In your relationships?
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If there are places where you do not see margin, how are those areas suffering? In what ways do you notice the lack of space and recovery time?
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Steve referenced a time when he was crying more frequently than usual due to the fact that he did not have margin in his life. What is the warning sign of too little margin in your life? Do you cry? Do you get angry? Do you fall ill? Identify your warning signs.
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Our culture often glorifies busyness and frenetic activity. Steve mentioned the fact that many people boast about not having margin. Have you ever been tempted to do this? Why do you think that is? Do you wear busyness like a virtue?
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If you were to have margin in your life, what might be different? How would your life look? What might happen in your relationships?
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When we have margin in our schedule, relationships, and finances, we are more at peace and able to live more fully and effectively. 


This post is originally part of a four-part course called Margin. For more from Steve Stroope, watch his 2016 RightNow Conference session, Self Leadership, or visit lakepointe.org