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In his medical practice, Dr. Richard Swenson sees a steady stream of hurting people coming into his office. He claims that a majority of them suffer from a chronic ailment which has reached epidemic levels in our country.

Do you know what it is? SARS, maybe? Or AIDS?

The disease Dr. Swenson is concerned about is what he calls a lack of “MARGIN.”

“Margin is the space that once existed between ourselves & our limits. It’s something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations.

“As a society, we’ve forgotten what margin is. In the push for progress, margin has been devoured. We’re overloaded.”

Swenson describes the results of this kind of living this way:

“… we feel distressed in ill-defined ways. We are besieged by anxiety, stress and fatigue. Our relationships suffer. We have unexplained aches and pains. The flood of daily events seems beyond our control.”

Does that sound familiar to anybody?

How different does that sound from the words of Jesus:

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. KJV John 10:10

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