Have you ever read a book or document that ran the text right up to the edges of the page?
Did you notice that looking at such a book or document made you tense and possibly left you feeling overwhelmed?
Margins are important—both in books and in life.
1. Proper margins in your book allow readers to absorb the information.
Margins on a page or screen are the white space that surrounds the printed content. Each page or screen has top, bottom, and side margins. These white spaces are meaningful and serve several purposes.
- Enhance Visual Appeal
White spaces on the edges of text on a page create balance. They give our eyes a place to rest.
- Improve Readability
Margins provide a contrast to the printed words on a page. Words within a frame help the eyes focus better.
- Provide a Place for Notes
Some people like to annotate their books. Margins in a book or document allow readers to record their thoughts as they read to enhance their retention of the material or take notes for later reference.
- Create a Buffer Zone for Manufacturing
Whether you are printing a book on a large printing machine or printing a document on a home printer, margins leave room for error. Adequate margins make sure that words do not get cut off in the printing process. Thus, white space ensures that you have a readable product.
When designing a book, don’t skimp on the size of the margins. Yes, you can cram more words on a page and have a shorter book if you have small margins. Sadly, if you choose this route, your book will not be as attractive or readable, resulting in fewer sales.
2. Proper margins in your life give space for Jesus to show up.
Books need margin, but so do lives. If you run your life up to the edges, you will not be as effective or happy as when you allow margins.
If you want God to show up more in your life. If you want to feel his presence, see him at work, or feel that he is using you, then you must allow the time and space for this to happen. Time and space where you are not busy, but can rest, relax, and sit quietly.
When Elijah went to Mount Horeb to meet with God (I Kings 19), he did not find God in the mighty wind, the earthquake, or the fire. Instead, God showed up and spoke with Elijah in a soft whisper.
We need the margins to be able to hear God’s whisper both in books and in our lives.
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