“Without margin, each of us would have great difficulty guaranteeing availability. Instead, when God calls, He gets the busy signal.”
– Richard Swenson
Have you ever felt closed in? Perhaps you do when you open a kitchen junk drawer or an overflowing bedroom closet.
When things are too crowded together, there’s no breathing space.
While God may be in stuff, our belongings, our collections, he is also the glue that keeps all our empty spaces connected.
Look for holes today. Empty spots. Blank spaces.
- Maybe it’s a vacant spot on a shelf.
- Or an empty photo frame.
- Or an unfilled glass sitting by the sink.
Imagine God breathing in the empty spaces. View them as open areas where God is sitting with you, wanting you to luxuriate in a little extra breathing room, a spaciousness that he fills with himself.
Take a few deep breaths and notice the space around you where your exhale goes. God is in the unfulfilled spaces as much as he is in the things he created around them.
Thank him for the margins in your life, for the gaps that allow you to move about.
Sit with him in the empty spaces for a few more minutes, then return to your day.
- How Wide Are Your Margins?
Do you live with a too-tightly packed schedule? How can you leave room for extra space?
- Are You Available?
Are you leaving space for the unexpected?
- Hit the Pause Button
Pausing may not eliminate our pain. But Jesus can fill our empty places with grace. With love.
- Let Go of Overload
Overload leads to pain. The prescription is margin. The prognosis is health.
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Where do you see an empty space in your environment? Are you comfortable with it? How is God there? Please share in the comments.
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- F – Food
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