My Senior year of college I was something that I had been the majority of my life and still am today: BUSY.
That led to me being something else I have been most of my life also: EXHAUSTED.
This subject came up when I was talking to a very wise woman named Jana who discipled me through college many years ago. I’ll never forget what she said to me:
“Christy, your plate is so full. There’s no room on your plate for anything else.
I wonder what would happen if you cleared your plate.
I wonder what would happen if you created space on your plate and then asked God what He wanted to fill it with.”
I took her advice and going into my next semester of college, I created space. I completely cleared my plate and going into my final semester, I had zero responsibilities other than school.
Do you know what I did with that new space?
For one, I got a dog.
That dog happens to be (in my very unbiased opinion) the most awesome dog in the world and he is still the source of so much of my happiness today, 9 years later.
I also trained for my first marathon. I had never run longer than 3 miles in my life and I ran 16, 18, and 20 mile runs through the beautiful rolling hills of Knoxville during the fall when the leaves were changing. Not only did I do something I never thought I could do, but it was also the beginning of my love of distance running. Now, years later, I have over 20 half and full marathons under my belt. (Not to mention meeting the love of my life in a running group years later while training for a marathon!)
And those are just two examples of what happened when I created space.
Sure, I know my life was more simple then. I had less “real” responsibilities.
But regardless of what stage of life I may be in, I control how busy I am.
You control how busy you are.
As a culture we celebrate busyness as a badge of honor.
We’re burnt-out and bitter and don’t know why.
We are pushed to the limits and then a little bit past them.
We run on empty, and instead of filling up, we try to be more efficient to fit more in.
With credit cards, with our schedules, with our energy…we are MAXED OUT.
But what if we did something different?
The opposite of MAXED OUT is MARGIN.
It is unapologetically creating space.
S P A C E
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What if, instead of running on empty and living our lives perpetually, and quite literally, spent, we had some leftover?
- What if you had a “free night” and nothing could be scheduled on that night? It was just blank on the schedule and stayed that way…
- What if you spent less than you made, like – WAY less – and had money left over?
- What if you purchased a home that was a fraction of what the realtor or lender told you that you could afford so that your monthly payment wasn’t a stretch or strain but was easy-breezy?
- What if you stopped BEFORE you were exhausted and left energy to spare?
- What could God invite you to do if there was room in your life for something awesome and new?
What could you do with a little bit of extra energy, a little more joy, some cash in your bank account and time on your hands?
Space celebrates new possibilities, reduces stress, allows rest and creates peace.
But most of all, space opens up opportunities for God to be invited in… into your plans, your schedules, your money and your mind.
The secret rests in creating a sanctuary of space.