As I glanced at my calendar this morning, I immediately thought of you. I wondered if your calendar looked anything like mine.
Not that we’d have the same appointments or to-do lists. Your work schedule and errands are probably very different. Many I’m sure.
Maybe you have lunch planned with a friend or a hair appointment with your stylist. I don’t have either of those on my calendar, although that sounds wonderful. But I’ve got a whole bunch of other things listed.
As I looked at my color-coded calendar with all those dates, times and appointment details, I realized I had very little white space filled in. Very little. And I wondered if that’s the case for you too.
When summer officially started last month I kept thinking my family’s schedule would slow down, be less packed and include plenty of free time. So far, that hasn’t been the case.
This week I’m determined to start scheduling white space into my weekly calendar. Yes, scheduling it, because if I don’t, it won’t happen. That’s already proven true over the last 4 weeks.
I’m convinced that white space is not only healthy for us; it’s God honoring.
If we don’t allow time in our daily schedules to slow down and exhale, we might be missing out on some great God moments.
Those tender times when God is trying to whisper in our ear or show us something profound that would completely change our perspective.
If we’re running 90 miles per hour through our day, we’ll be to frantic and distracted to hear His voice.
Could it be that God is trying to speak to us, but we’re too busy to listen?
This hurry-rush-rat-race (which we refer to as our schedule) is creating static in our minds and weariness in our hearts.
Are you up for a little experiment? Let’s agree to schedule 30 minutes of white space into our daily routines for the next 7 days. Here are some ideas of what our white space can look like:
- Read a few chapters from your favorite book – or the one that’s collecting dust on your nightstand.
- Take a walk or ride your bike through the park.
- Lay outside on a lounge chair or hammock in the shade.
- Grab a cold beverage (mine would be diet Pepsi) and look through a magazine (mine would be HGTV).
- Take your dog for a walk.
- Grab your camera and take some pictures outside.
- Catch up on your journaling.
- Take a 30 minute power nap.
- Go for a ride in your car and play that favorite cd of yours (a little bit louder than normal).
Get the idea?
Now, it doesn’t have to be at the same time each day and it shouldn’t take the place of your daily quiet time with the Lord.
What’s important is that you schedule it and stick to it. Also, pray and ask God to join you for those 30 minutes each day.
I know He will.
Let’s promise we won’t feel a smidgen of guilt for doing this either. The world is not going to come to an end if we take 30 minutes to relax, recharge and reconnect with God.
If you’re like me, you’ll have to remove some things from this week’s calendar to fit in the white space. But it will totally be worth it.
Now it’s your turn:
Leave a comment below and share some favorite activities(s) you’re planning to include during your white space this week. You just might give someone else a few great ideas too.
I have a devotion running this Friday on the Proverbs 31 Encouragement For Today site. I hope you stop by to join me. I’ll post those details later on this week.
Until then, have a great week and stay awesome!