I felt for many years that productivity = achievement.
- The number of groups I was leading or attending
- The list goes on and on
Busy isn’t always best.
The Holy Spirit has been tapping on my heart to shift my steps from striving to letting go and waiting.
My new rhythm of life is to pen in white space for the “just in case.” To bud relationship building with God and with others. White space is intentional, not idol time or laziness. It is holy and sacred.
The season I am walking in allows me to sit with a friend during chemo treatment.
It has freed me to help with my grand-girlies on my off days from watching them.
I’ve had the blessings to say yes to an afternoon walk or have coffee with a friend—unplanned—not written on my calendar.
White space is intentional for God to create community with Him and with others.
Friends, this frees me and spurs on peace. It allows me to say yes to God’s best—to show His love to others with my time.
I am still learning this pace of life, and I still fumble around a lot. God is doing a good work in me.
This is my today season. Tomorrow may look different.
You, too, are in a season of life, sisters.
You may be a young mama who cannot think about white space. Your calendar is color-coded and jam-packed. You barely have time to go to the restroom without little fingers slipping under the bathroom door. Take a breath and allow God to slip around you.
You may be a single parent who is just treading water and hoping for a life-vest to stay afloat. I pray our Father will send you someone who can be your life-vest here on earth to help you and relieve you from time to time.
You may be in the sandwich season of life—taking care of kids and aging parents. You want to breathe, and the thought of “white space” is a pipe-dream. God sees you, and I pray He sends someone your way to give you some rest and refreshment to keep you going.
For us gals who are in the season of more time, is there a way to use our extra to help others?
That is the why behind the “white space” of life.
Love God—Love Others—this is His greatest command.
“Time isn’t something you seize; it’s something you sacrifice. It’s not something to grab; it’s something to give.” – Ann Voskamp
Something to give—what does that look like in any season of life?
Each “give” looks different for each person. Some might be wiping a runny nose. Some might be helping a Gigi check out at Target because her littlest Little is fast asleep in her arms (true story that happened to me not too long ago). Some might be sitting with a friend who lost a loved one and not saying a word—just being with them.
It may seem simple but in God’s eyes…
Simple is vast and important.
Today, lookout, lean-in, and allow the “give” to grow and blossom in your white space.