We have less money than we used to. Some days, I’m just glad to flip the switch and get a rewarding burst of light. Sorry, Oprah, I know you said everybody should visit New Zealand in her lifetime, but seeing the kiwi bird will have to wait.
Not only that, we have less time and energy because we sleep less. It’s not because we’re having more fun; actually, we watch less television, read fewer books, walk fewer miles, vacation less, and spend less time together as a couple. We probably have fewer acquaintances based on the smaller pile of Christmas cards we opened last year, and I talk to my mama less often than I should.
Why? Because of all the more in my life.
We have more little peeps who insist on eating regularly, having fun, and going to college of all things. We have more house to clean, more blogs to write, more teaching and preaching to do, and more food to cook. Don’t even talk about the dog whose favorite treat is bacon. We have more schedules to consolidate, more places to go, more needs to meet, more “yeses” and “nos” to dole out, more ways to serve.
Simply put, we have more Jesus. So the “less” is actually more.
The less I have of the world—money, energy, time, answers, myself—the more I really have of God. He just has more wiggle room in my heart and mind, and as He stretches out to His full height He kicks out what I don’t need. The less I listen to the clamor and whispers of distracting influences, the more I clearly hear His voice and understand His Word. He brings more love, more desire to serve, more opportunities to give sacrificially, and more ways to spread and hear the Gospel. Sure, the quantity might be less, but I spend more quality time (and dollars) on and with family and friends. And I can surely wring out a night’s worth of rest out of a fifteen-minute nap!
Just look at TD. He is the least among our peeps, but he has the most energy, is the most vocal, and claims the most time and attention. He shows me it’s not the size that matters. Whether it’s my baby boy, my time, or my bank account–or even my faith—my Most High God, Creator, Author and Finisher, can use it, grow it, and bless it. So I might have less of what I think I want. God gives me the true desires of my heart as “…He gives more grace.” (Proverbs 37:4; James 4:6) More and more He shows me He is my Provider, my Light, my Friend, and the Giver of every good and perfect gift.
Just what could you use less of in your life? How can you re-balance the scales to enjoy more of Him?
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:2-4)