My typewriter has a lot of useful keys that give me the ability to go over and beyond basic functioning. These keys include the Shift, Tab, Back Space, and Margin Release keys. I am quite fond of the bell that rings that warns me that I am almost to the end of my line too, but the Margin Release (M-R) key has captivated me recently.
My typewriter lets me set the margins for my work– I decide how far and how big I think I want text to be on my paper. I choose what I think is appropriate, normal, effective, and safe. I don’t make margins too close to my paper’s edge, because it’s too risky and might end up not working. The bell is my typing safeguard in this process and warns me that I’m getting close to the end of my writing row so I don’t mess all that up, but when I disregard the bell, the margin steps in and says, “You can’t go any farther.” The Margin Release key at this point can answer with, “Oh yes I can.”
I have created a pretty strong life-margin too. These margin requirements are similar and often just as unforgiving. These margins reside inside my head and frequently say the same thing to me– “You can’t go any farther.” I created my self-imposed margins by determining what seems appropriate, good, normal, and safe too. My history, my family, my experiences, and my faith have contributed to where I have placed my margins. The fact is that I often know where I want my margins to be placed, and then out of fear, shame, and lack of confidence, I move them in even a bit more. It’s really no one’s fault that I move them, I have placed them where I thought everyone would be happy. Sadly, where I have placed my margins has resulted in a smaller, safer, self-centered life. A life in which I often dictate where I allow God to lead and where I can safely trust him so nothing too radical happens. But the love of God, if allowed, comes in and answers, “Oh yes I can.”
After years and years of hearing the bell ring when I get too close to the edges of my life, I have decided to use the M-R key and free myself. I’m not willing to stay inside my self-imposed margins any longer. [pullquote] God calls us all to step out of the smallness of the margins that we create based on fear and judgement, and into a bigger God-centered life of trust, obedience, and abundance.[/pullquote]
Oh friends, we all have these margins in our lives. Where is God calling you to release your margins? Where in your life have you been living out of fear and smallness? Take time today to ask God. He loves it when we ask, he loves it when we seek. Don’t worry, he won’t keep silent. He has promised us that he has good God-plans that he wants to bring about in our lives. All we have to do is be open to them–let go of our self-imposed rigid margins and be obedient 30 seconds at a time. We can do 30 seconds at a time! God loves you and according to some pretty awesome Bible stories, marginless God-plans are his specialty.