“Jesus said, ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit he takes away, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, so that it will be even more fruitful.'”
John 15:1-2, NIV

Every book has margins – the white spaces around the edges of each page. Someone told me the amount of blank space on a page is about forty percent. Some can argue how uneconomical and wasteful margins are. If we were to run the words from one edge of the page to the other we could cut the length of the book by twenty pages, reduce the price, and think of how many trees it would save.

Maybe so, but who would read a book without margins? I would not. No one minds having margins in a book. Yet people live without margins everyday. We wonder why no one gets involved in our lives. Relationships are hard to come by and we find our lives are sorely lacking in the department of close relationships.

One of the most important things about margins is that friendships and acts of kindness are only built in the margins. Without them, we “live alone in the midst of the land.”

Sometimes we have to prune away the things that have become distractions in life in order that relationships will be better and so we do not compromise our dreams and we can live with inner joy. Sometimes it means pruning back to God’s image.

QUESTION: How can you build some wider margins into your life? What other things can only occur in the margins of your life?