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Leave a Little Room for the Holy Spirit in Your Life

Take Time for the Random Encounter

It is easy to do all that we can to make things work—to make them go. And I’m not against that, when done with wisdom.

I just want you to leave some room for divine encounters.

Finding a Way

Sure, what you do will be different than what I do.

For me, I want to talk to people who are struggling at different places, learning different things, but on the same path. The night I was on the road for two hours, I spoke with Jared (fake name). He had some questions and we got to talk through some things. He said it meant a lot to him. I certainly felt the same way.

But I learned a lot from him. He’s African American ministering in an Anglo context. I wanted to know more.

We both learned—actually, we did what Hebrews 10:24 says. We “provoked one another to love and good deeds.”

Now, I can’t do that all the time, but there are times when I choose to do what I can.

I leave a little room for the Holy Spirit.

You Can, Too

Ironically, you probably can’t have those kinds of conversations with everyone in your life. My appeal is to have them with someone. Occasionally.

If you are a pastor, take a fellow pastor (maybe from another denomination) out for coffee. Show up at the workplace of someone from church. Just talk to a random stranger on a park bench—and see what door that opens.

Consider them divine encounters if you will.

And I am not telling you to say, “Look at me.” Rather, I want you to hear, “You can too.”

If you will leave a little room for the Holy Spirit.

Your Downtime May Be a Blessing for Another

These are just a few of the random things I do to pour into others while learning some things myself. I find that this randomness is good for my soul.

Whether your lifestyle is like mine or not, we all have a tendency to get stuck from time to time. We need more than our regular routine. We need to receive and give outside of our bubbles.

Leave a little room for the Holy Spirit.

This article originally appeared in Outreach Magazine. Be sure to check it out and subscribe here.

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Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books.