On my way home from prayer meeting last night I was listening to a podcast where Max Lucado was a guest. The conversation was about creating margin in life. This is something that I have been personally struggling with and trying to implement in my own life. Basically it’s the philosophy of creating a space around everything you do. In Lucado’s situation, one of the ways he creates margin is by setting up his calendar a year in advance and creating days for meetings, days for studying, and days off. This way he doesn’t allow others to dictate his schedule, giving him the ability to completely focus on what he feels like God has called him to do. For me, implementing margin in my life has been to create space between my appointments. If it takes me 30 minutes to get somewhere, I will leave 40 minutes before my appointment so I have 10 minutes of breathing time.
I don’t believe that God wants His children to be scattered and frantic at all times. In fact, one of His commands is to “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). It’s interesting to note that this verse comes at the end of a chapter where chaos and confusion is being described all around, but that begins with the visual of God being our refuge. One of Satan’s most successful attacks has been to make us so stressed that we don’t have the capacity to listen to His voice anymore. I pray that this week you will find a way to build margin into your life so that you will be able to hear the voice of God.
Learning to be still,