Or do you stay so scheduled, each day carefully planned out, that when the unplanned happens, you have nowhere to put it?
Margin is not a spiritual necessity. But availability is.
God expects us to be available for the needs of others.
And without margin, each of us would have great difficulty guaranteeing availability. Instead, when God calls, He gets the busy signal.
~ RICHARD SWENSON, Margin
I tend to live very scheduled.
Because I like to think I accomplish more when I stick to a schedule,
I like to stick to a schedule.
But that can mean God occasionally gets a busy signal when he calls me. I’m struggling with it right now.
- I have a lunch date I need to set up this week with a friend going through health struggles.
- And with another friend I need to get to know deeper in faith.
- And doctors’ appointments I need to attend to get help for Jenna’s headaches.
I’m trying to break free of rigidity.
To be free for flexibility.
To be available for God’ use.
I want to continue using the love of organization that God planted in me—it can be used for his glory—but I don’t want to turn a strength into a weakness.
I don’t want to out-schedule God.
So I keep looking for ways to build more margin in my life. For now, that means letting go of other things.
- It means leaving the piles of paper on my dresser a little longer instead of sorting through them today (which bothers me).
- And foregoing projects I’ve scheduled to get done but can delay still longer (life will go on).
- And not mopping the floors or weeding the flower beds as often (um, not really a sacrifice, but you get the point...).
Because when God calls, I want to pick up.
I want to be available.
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How do you create space for the unexpected?