A blogging friend commented this past week that it’s a shame it took a disaster like the flooding from Hurricane Harvey to bring out the goodness in people. The heart of America was always (in the past) to band together to achieve a goal for the common good – and, individually, the everyday giving for the good of others.
It makes me wonder. Why does it require a disaster to stop us in our tracks? What happened to us? Why don’t we live to help others anymore?
Our culture has changed. We are too busy to slow down and pay attention to others. We don’t take notice of the needs of our neighbors. Our focus is on self.
It has become a badge of honor to say, “I’ve been so busy!” I try my best to never say those words. We all are busy! Why state the obvious?
What does that mean, exactly, to be “busy”? Are we busy doing meaningful things – or meaningless tasks? Are you stopping to smell the roses? Am I?
As Christians, we should lift our heads up and look around. Take notice! See the needs of others. Help them with the things that matter.
We all have computers and smart phones in order to be more efficient. Have we become less busy with our devices of efficiency? Somehow, we keep adding more things into our lives, packing our schedules completely full with no margin.
Notice the margin and spacing around the text above. It allows white space to draw the attention to what matters. Also, the space gives room for scratching notes, making additions and changes, etc. That margin was created when the text was placed on the “paper”. It’s the same in life. We have to create the margin intentionally.
It doesn’t just happen randomly.
We have time to devote to the needs of others
when our schedule isn’t packed so tightly.
We can live as the world lives. Or, we can live as God directs, spending time with Him each day in His word. Time to reflect on our day (and our schedule) in light of what the Holy Spirit is saying to us.
I like to check things off my to-do list just like many of you (probably). It’s during this time of year that I like to sit on a porch in the cool mornings. Feel the breeze and
sort out my thoughts…
and most of all, to listen….
That doesn’t happen so much the rest of the year. We have to stop the running around…and stop the constant busyness.
We need to be intentional and add time into our schedules – to calendar the margins. Yes! Schedule EXTRA time – for sitting quietly, pondering, listening…all those things. And then when a need arises that calls for our service, we have the margin space to devote to that person – that need.
Do you already allow for margins in your life? How do you do it?