Friday, 26 May 2017

Less is more

Recently I picked up my copy of Eugene Peterson's "The Message" and these words from Psalm 4 have been on my mind and digging into my heart again fresh the last few days:

Why is everyone hungry for more?
"More, more," they say.
"More, more."
I have God's more-than-enough,
More joy in one ordinary day
Than they get in all their shopping sprees.
At day's end I'm ready for sound sleep,
For you, GOD, have put my life back together.
Psalm 4 -MSG

For the most part, I'd consider myself a contended person, but there are times, wobbles, when the doubts, the wants and the "what ifs" creep in.  It's the moments where my eyes have slipped, and my ears have begun to listen to the world around me, instead of The Voice I know to be Truth.  It's a slow fade.  A drift.  A subtle stealing of joy.

Recently I heard someone use the analogy of a frog being thrown alive into a pan of hot water... it will immediately try to jump out before it's boiled alive!  Put a frog into a pan of cold water though, and warm up the water gradually, and the temperature shift will go unnoticed, until it's too late.  Quite the morbid picture, but a warning all the same.  The culture we live in, the world around us, will tell us things that so often we believe without even realising. One of the more obvious ones is the constant need for more.  "More, more"... "More, more"...  I believe that to be one of the biggest joy-stealers and hinderences to living out who we were created to be that we can listen to and take on board.  It will eat away at our contentment and satisfaction without us realising if we're not careful

So, that got me thinking to where I've been believing that in my life, and why.  Sometimes less is more.  Simplifying and learning to close out a lot of excess "noise" in our lives is a great starting point to rediscovering our "true self". How might a change in that direction help to bring some peace and contentment back into your own life?  A shift of perspective?  How about some of these to get you thinking... 

Less stuff, more space

Less talking, more listening

Less doing, more being

Less watching, more reading

Less spending, more giving

Less consuming, more creating


For more, take a look at these related posts:

Why doing less is the best way to do more

Living slow and urgent

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