Margin For Christian Authors

May 1, 2021
Margin

In my early Life Coach training, the topic of having margin in our lives was the “in” thing.

Recently while praying for a friend, the single word margin popped into my head. I hadn’t thought of the word for years! So, I’ve been pondering it ever since. I thought you might like to know what I “pondered”. 

This season of my life is focused on writing and getting published what I have written. I’m now in author groups more than coaching groups.

Authors have to deal with margins all the time. 

Margins

For instance, just stop and look at this article.

Margins.

There are set margins on all four sides of each page of everything we write and publish.

White spaces.

Every book, newspaper, ad, or article…all have set margins. Imagine a book without margins, or imagine every page having different margins.

What a sloppy manuscript that would be. 

As authors, our lives must also have pre-thought-out set margins around our days in order to accomplish our tasks to the glory of God. Each author starts symbolically, with a blank page. Then carefully-after much prayer–with the end result in mind—we pre-set the margins of our lives with the end in mind, just as we do when we write. 

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Purposeful Margin

What is the end purpose of our lives?

The catechism teaches that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. How do we do that? Let’s talk about that a bit… 

When we scurry around and over-commit our time and energy, our life’s “margins” get sloppy. And we fall apart.

We lose our sense of humor, and we get distracted. And often we literally get sick.

Everything about our lives gets difficult. Confused. Irritating.

We get weary and grumpy. Discouraged.

We merely do whatever gets our attention rather than staying within the margins. 

Check In With Your Creator

Margin in an author’s life is the “white space” to allow for creativity to emerge.

It takes deliberate pre-planning of those “white spaces” on the pages of our lives. It takes discipline to shape our lives between the margins according to the Master’s plan.

As we go into our daily devo time with our Savior, it allows us to actually connect with Him in deep fellowship, in order for it to not be our words, but His that we place on the pages of our manuscript. 

When planning margin, we actually live out our destiny, that it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. It is our birthright as a child of God.

Margin creates breathing room to allow Holy Spirit to bring a peaceful inner connection to what Hudson Taylor called the “spiritual secret” of the “exchanged life”. 

Margins: The Rest of Faith

I’ll end with a story  (page 164) of Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, biography (by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor). 

Mr. Taylor was asked: “But are you always conscious of abiding in Christ?” 

His response: “While I was sleeping last night…did I cease to abide in your home because I was unconscious of the fact? We should never be conscious of  not abiding in Christ.”  

He calls it the “rest of faith.”

As Christian authors, margin settings should not be optional.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Heather Hart May 1, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post, Pam! You are so spot on!

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