Have you heard of the term, ‘Less is more?’ I love it, but I sometimes have a really hard time knowing what that looks like. You see . . . I’m kind of, or I REALLY am a people pleaser by nature. The past year God has been really working on my heart to root this verse in more deeply.
‘For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.’ (Galatians 1:10)
Often this past year (2018), I found myself saying, ‘Yes’ to more, because I couldn’t bear the thought of letting others down, but that meant I was acting like: I’m ‘sovereign’, I’m in ‘control’, and that the world depends on me.
Thank God that that is not true.
Rather Psalm 135:6 is the truth I should base my to-do list on every single day: ‘Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.’ (Psalm 135:6)
God does whatever He pleases. He is in control, and I’m not. He is my Father in heaven, and I need to daily submit that to do list to Him, seeking to do the will of Him who LOVED me and gave His Son Christ Jesus to rescue His bride the church from their sins.
Often, as I’ve observed those (like myself) struggling with eating disorders, obsessions over weight and numbers and exercise and food, I see this desire for ‘control.’ I know I’m not the only one who has said that, because I’ve had multiple say that on the podcast over the past two years.
However, the more I’ve seen that ‘less is truly more’, the more I’ve realized that God is totally in control. When I choose to say, ‘Yes’ to submitting EVERY single day to the Lord, asking Him for wisdom about what I should do and where I should focus my energies and intentions for His kingdom, it usually means that I don’t say ‘yes’ to everything, because I can’t do everything.
So then maybe, you’re wondering (like I might wonder):
How do I focus those energies? (Well, where are your priorities? Where does God have your heart?)
For me: the Lord has given me 4-5 areas I know I need to focus on:
#1) My walk with the Lord. Daily digging into the Word, prayer, study.
#2) Being available to my family to cook, to work for my dad (which is my main job), talk, to do our animals, and keep our book inventory organized. This also includes doing my news reporting job about 1-2 hours per day.
#3) The blog and podcast. This is my special heart ministry right here. I love to write for you, share on the podcast, share a daily (one or two) Instagram posts, and write one to two blog posts a week.
#4) Church activities. Right now, the Lord has my heart in ministering to the young women that are younger than me, learning from the older women in church (Titus 2), be part of prayer meeting, and occasionally go to some youth studies.
#5) Other ministry opportunities. (Anything that’s outside of church, family, and blog)
So that’s kind of my simple ‘less is more’ list. That means I don’t spend time on FaceBook or Twitter or Pinterest because my ministry isn’t there. That means that I don’t say ‘Yes’ to every social engagement or party, because my priorities aren’t there right now. Now that doesn’t mean I always say ‘No’, but it does mean that I have to be intentional about figuring out where to place the small amount of energy God has given me every day.)
Have you heard the term ‘less is more?’
How has ‘less become more’ for you?
How do you manage your time?
How do you submit the time you have to the Lord every day?