Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | January 14, 2019

Leaving Margin For Growth

“Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence.” Psalm 140:13 (ESV)

Got to admit, I’ve always been a follow the program girl. Give me a set of instructions and I’ll follow them explicitly. Show me a path to take and I will stay on course. Disciplined to the core. But sometimes simply following a program doesn’t leave margin for growth.

Repeat your exercise routine every day and your body gets accustomed to your pattern. Eat the same foods and your body doesn’t have to work hard to digest them. Drive the same route to work and you could coast into your parking spot. Doing the same things over and over again guarantees boredom will settle in, complacency is sure to follow.

Our minds are powerful tools geared to be challenged. We can’t just follow a ritual and expect new transformation. We need step out of the box moments to stretch us. We need intentional depth rather than skim to teach us. We need margins of quiet to think …..not just respond. And we need passion to fuel us in the right direction.

Expecting growth in 2019? What are we willing to forego to invite depth into our life? For me that means embracing a slow deliberate study of God’s word. Not my usual fast reads to accomplish a goal. Desiring wisdom, understanding and clarity rather than completing a checklist. Longing for His presence and revelation more than just “getting it done.” Deciding now to prioritize my schedule to ensure there’s room for His presence.

Seeking perfection…oh no, I’m sure there will be moments in my 365 where I will miss the mark. Cherishing His grace and patience when I fail to savor His truths and allow His Spirit to guide me. Aiming for what I know only God can enable me to do…..to draw near to Him because He is drawing near to me. Expecting growth rather than settling for less.

When December 2019 rolls around will our love for God and His Word be the same or will our hearts long for more and more of Him? Will we find ourselves overwhelmed by His presence or will we regret the moments we gave to lesser things? The flipping of a calendar happens ever so quickly – choose today to be captivated by the One who longs to have our undivided attention – it’s a goal worth pursuing.

“Father, so many things will attempt to steal Your place, but You alone are worthy of our worship. Free us from what holds us back so we can love you more and more each day.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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