By: Allison Franzen

It is a busy time of year, from Christmas cookies to Christmas shopping, family vacations to Campus Life trips. I could make a list a mile long of all the things a typical Campus Life leader has to do around Christmas (then add in time with family!) We are really busy people!

How do you make margin in your life for what God has for you… especially during Christmas?

If you are like me, you don’t. I routinely think to myself, “After Christmas, or after this trip, or that event, then I will have time, then I will make a routine, I will get back into the Word, I will spend time investing in healthy relationships with my peers.” The problem with this type of thinking is there will never be extra time; there will never be extra margin.

God asks us to make time and margin no matter what the season. (Jesus even went to lonely places and got away. Luke 5:16) It may get tougher during busy times of the year (and He understands that) BUT if we don’t create and stick to healthy balance in our busy schedules it won’t happen. Period. No matter what season of life.

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Eph. 5:15-17


This is a big challenge so take it seriously:

Start now with creating margin for what God has for you each day. Fill your schedule to 80% full and see what He wants to do with the 20%, I bet you will be surprised and blessed. Make the time. Take the space. And maybe, just maybe, you will be a little more rested and a little more full of Jesus this holiday season and throughout 2012.

Enjoy family and friends this holiday season. Enjoy spending time with students that are on Christmas break. Enjoy time with our Lord, celebrate Him and get some rest (in Him) this season.

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