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?