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Halfway through November and all I can think about are the quick, approaching holidays. Everyone knows that during the holidays things get crazy, hectic, stressful and tense. During these times one of the rarest commodities is margin. Between the shopping, parties, decorating, cooking and eating it’s a wonder we get anything done. I don’t know about you, but it’s not just my personal life that gets overwhelming, but professional as well. Whenever I hit a busy season I focus on:
I know it doesn’t sound like the sexiest word; however, it’s something that will make life more enjoyable. Many times we associate structure with limits and the word, “NO”; however, it’s quite the opposite. Jesus tells us:
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. – Matthew 7:13-14
The narrow gate has limits, and it is confined; however, it leads to heaven. When we loose sight of the path that God has carved out for us we loose sight of our purpose on earth. A life with limits leads to true freedom, when we live within God’s plan for us there is joy. When it comes to working within limits and abiding to a structure freedom can also be found. That’s why we need the structures, schedules, systems and rules. Without them we lose sight of the vision.
So before you enter this holiday season take some time to prioritize, organize and schedule so that when life gets chaotic you can look to a solid structure that will tell you how to get through the days and bring others closer to God.
How do you create margin during the busy seasons? Are you successful?