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by Phil Ware
For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him. ... And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again. (Philippians 2:13; 1:6)
One of our respected proof readers dropped me a note the other day and let me know that publisher guidelines no longer require, in fact no longer prefer, two spaces at the end of sentences.
Hmm! Sounded pretty good, at least at first. When you deal in bits and bytes and file size, saving a little here or there on every page adds up to be something pretty huge over 15,000 pages on a website. So his information sounded fine, until I tried to implement it. Ive been typing two spaces at the end of sentences for over 30 years. I am still trying to implement this <sarcasm>time saving and space saving</sarcasm> change.
Intellectually I see the benefit of the change. I even like the change. Why have extra blank space? Why have more space of nothing? But inserting that extra space is not an easy habit for me to break. In fact, it is much more than a habit; inserting that blank space is a deeply ingrained routine. If I am going to cut out the wasted extra space, I have to think about it. No more autopilot after periods! If I do not consciously think about adding only 1 space after the period, question mark, or colon, I automatically type two spaces!
How many places in my life am I inserting unnecessary blanks spaces simply because Ive become use to doing so? How many of Gods activities am I only doing on autopilot? Maybe you find yourself in the same predicament, so lets honestly ask ourselves some serious questions about this:
I believe if we are honest, we will admit that in our relationship with God, we have allowed ourselves to insert too many blank spaces in what should be a heartfelt experience and Spirit-led relationship with the Father and his children. So lets make a renewed commitment to seek God passionately, intentionally, and without blank spaces! Lets live our lives out of Gods purpose for us, conscious that he is at work within us to do his work and bring us to his glory.
Life is too hard and too short to live with a bunch of blank spaces cluttering up our time and getting in the way of the joy the Father longs to give us. Lets cut out the blank spaces!
Author: Phil Ware
Publication Date: June 16, 2003
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