In advertising blank space is just as essential as the placement of pictures and text. In music the pause or silence is just as significant as the sound. In life itís important to have empty hands. Let me explain where I am going with this. When you are stretched to capacity, or your hands are full, all you can do is manage. Itís not until you have space that you can be spontaneous or take advantage of situations when they arise. For example when recently I competed in the ironman race I ran at a pace that took me to my edge. I didnít chat very often with other participants because I was pushing the envelope. Now, I could have slowed down and encouraged others, but I didnít. I chose to go after the best time possible and I ignored the opportunity to be a blessing to someone. I am thankful that God blessed my performance and gave me an awesome ironman experience. Now that I have completed this Iíve been asked what I going to do next. Do you want to do another ironman? Actually I am going to mindfully leave some margin in my life. My objective is to allow space in my life for opportunities that God may send my way. Iím going to keep my hands empty.
Right now our lives are a whirlwind of holiday activity with parties, presents and traditions filling our days. The question is how full do we allow our schedules to be? Will you leave space? Will you have empty hands? Iím going to try to leave some time for the unexpected keeping in mind that the holidays are a time when many people get depressed. Itís really a small way of saying thanks to God. Thanking him by leaving a place in my life where I allow myself to be available for whatever he chooses. When you empty your hands, you give God a place to put a blessing.
ďWhat can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me?Ē Ė Psalm 116:12