On Becoming Faithful: Margin

Many of my friends have taken to choosing one word for the year and I’ve loved hearing how there are lessons and gleanings found everywhere. From the Bible, to sermons, to hearing things around the table, in articles, blogs, books and music.  God has creative ways of uncovering these things for us.

The lessons on becoming faithful began early on for me and lest I forget them, I’d better get to recording them.  The first lesson I learned is:

Faithfulness requires a margin.

If I’m going to learn how to be faithful, I need to decide to what it is my faithfulness is not required.  Are there things I am doing that I should not be doing?  Are there responsibilities I have taken on that are not mine for the taking?  Do I have time and space to stop and think, process and pray about what it is I believe I am hearing?

God’s word is living and active. He still speaks today. 

But do I make room to hear?  If He is the One in whom I look to for direction of my steps, do I make room to notice?

Clearly, I have not. Otherwise the lesson would not have come over me like a ton of bricks.  So, I find myself as the first quarter of 2012 comes to near end, contemplating what clutter needs to be cleared in order to create the margin required.

How do you create and make sure there is a margin in your life?

4 thoughts on “On Becoming Faithful: Margin

  1. Kimosphere says:

    How funny…lately I’ve actually been reading a book called “Margin” lately for much the same reason!

    Turns out clarifying what your calling IS also means clarifying what it ISN’T…cuz there’s only so much time for doing stuff. On a purely practical note, this has been helping me…ATTEMPT LESS / BUT START IT EARLIER. It’s amazing how much breathing room that brings! And suprisingly, I actually get more done that way too. (definitely a work in progress, but still!)

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