For Swenson, margin ‘is the space between our load and our limits.’
It ‘is something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations’.
Margin, he adds, ‘is the gap between rest and exhaustion, the space between breathing freely and suffocating.’
Margin ‘exists for relationship.’
Swenson argues that ‘the contemporary absence of margin is linked to the march of progress’ and the decline of community.
Rush hour. Instant food. Instant movies. All are part of an instant, consume ‘on demand’ culture, and humanity is struggling to keep time.
Modern-day living surrounds us with ‘frenzy, interruptions, distractions’, and a lack of direction.
The consequence is marginless living:
“Being thirty minutes late to the doctor’s office because you were ten minutes late getting out of the bank, because you were ten minutes late dropping the kids off at school, because the car ran out of petrol, and you forgot your wallet.”
Rod, his wife Jonda, and their five kids are homeschooling veterans. Rod spent 12 years in management at Koorong, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry & Theology, and is a writer for the theological, politically edgy news site Caldron Pool. Rod also writes for the Spectator. Find his personal blog here.
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