When Less is More

Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:19 MSG

I read a devotion recently that asked a provocative question, “What do you need to stop in order to live more?” Initially, the question took me aback. Perhaps because I’ve grown up in a consumer society I’m much more prone to think about what else I need to do or own in order to live more. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there are quite a few things I do that keep me from more fully engaging with and enjoying life:

  • Feeding my resentments by licking my wounds and imagining my revenge
  • Avoiding conflict for fear of rejection
  • Consuming and hoarding more than I need because I fear I won’t have enough
  • Remaining silent in the face of injustice because getting involved would be messy
  • Failing to ask for what I want or need because I’m afraid I’ll be disappointed
  • Shying away from risk because failure feels threatening
  • Giving too much power and attention to my shifting moods and emotions
  • Being concerned with what other’s think

Sometimes less really is more. Sometimes we need to empty our lives in order to “live full lives, full in the fullness of God”.

How about you? What do you need to stop in order to live more? What keeps you from more fully engaging with and enjoying life? Make a list. Give it to God. Live more.

Jeff Marian serves as lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN

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