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Leave a Little Room for the Holy Spirit in Your Life

Leave a Little Room for the Holy Spirit in Your Life

If you grew up Catholic (like I did) you probably heard the phrase, “Leave a little room for the Holy Spirit.”

Honestly, I don’t remember if I actually heard someone say it to me or heard a joke about it. Either way, it’s generally about a nun giving dating instructions.

Well, that’s not the worst advice. (As the father of daughters, I embrace it!) However, I want to apply it a different way.

Be sure that you leave a little room for the Holy Spirit between the plans, programs and strategies.

What I Do

It would be easy for me to lose touch—I’m largely a “motivational speaker living in a van down by the river.” It would be easy for me to become disconnected from local church issues and real people.

So I am intentional about carving out time and space for personal interaction with people I wouldn’t have time to get to know at a conference.

But, it is not just me—it is you as well.

Fast Listening

In order to keep myself aware of what’s going on outside of my normal circle, sometimes when I travel, I’ll tweet, “Hey, if you’re not crazy or angry, you can come meet me for dinner at such and such a time.”

If I’m in Orlando, I’ll have 20 people. If it’s Boston, I’ll have four people. But either way, I’ll sit there and learn.

Another thing I do regularly is tweet out, “If you need prayer, encouragement or advice, send me a direct message, and for the next two hours I will be calling people.” One night I had two hours while I was driving, so I made calls from 10 p.m. until midnight and just talked to people—about 15 to 20 individuals.

I prayed with them, and we talked. I get to hear someone’s story. They get to bounce stuff off of me. I learned some stuff from them. We connect spiritually. Everyone wins.

Now, I get that you and I probably have a different number of Twitter followers. A tweet up (that’s what they are called) might not work for you.

However, you can find the time and place to listen to different people with different ideas—and you never know just what you might learn.

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Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., is a professor and dean at Wheaton College where he also serves as Executive Director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, has earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and has written hundreds of articles and a dozen books. He is Regional Director for Lausanne North America, is the editor-in-chief of Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited in, interviewed by, and writes for news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is the Founding Editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum used by more than 1.7 million individuals each week for bible story. His national radio show, Ed Stetzer Live, airs Saturdays on Moody Radio and affiliates. He serves as interim teaching pastor of Calvary Church in New York City and serves as teaching pastor at Highpoint Church.