Barbara Higby

Empty is Good, #1 

Tis the season for rearranging priorities, tossing what’s no longer used, and filling our agendas. We have goals, obligations, and long to-do lists. But where’s the balance between fulfilling activities and draining commitments? Before filling your calendars, I challenge you to consider the sponge.

Hold a saturated sponge above a bowl and listen to the drips. That sponge cannot hold more, no matter how many times or how long we hold it under water—until we squeeze it out. We are much like a sponge; when saturated, we can’t hold more either. We can’t do more, accomplish more, or handle more until we squeeze out the excess that bloats our attention, time, and energy.

So, before we commit, let’s submit our current involvements to God’s scrutiny and be willing to squeeze out what’s no longer in His plan for us. Many good things are not God’s things for right now. It may be hard to let go, but think about the possibilities! Submitting our calendars and commitments to God may open unexpected, fulfilling opportunities for us.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

To be continued next week. For more on this subject, see chapter 5 in my book, I Was Broken, Too.
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