As I reflect on 2018, there was one area of my life that I felt God gently tugging at my heart to do more of.
What is it, you ask?
It is all about allowing God to become greater in my life, while I become less.
Yes, you heard me right. God has slowly, but relentlessly, been showing me that my time is not as important as His time.
Now, let me be the first to tell you how hard this is! I mean, I love my "me" time. And now, I need to give it up?
For a gal who not only loves this time but shall I say "preaches" this "me" time, this tug was a bit disheartening.
I didn't know how to make God more than and me less than.
I mean how was I to take my day-to-day life and let God not just stand in the center of it, but make His presence more known, felt, and seen in all that I do?
Possible solutions have been rattling through my head, back and forth like a ping-pong ball, since the end of December.
It wasn't until I sat down to write this post that all the pieces started to fit into place (this is why I love to write and journal!).
I'm finally able to see that my "me" time is not so much about giving up the time I have for my mommy-renewal (which is what I thought it was), but more about being spiritually filled in a way that will only make this mommy-renewal even more fulfilling.
It is my prayer that by sharing how I can become less than while allowing God to be more than, will jump-start your thinking in how you can make God more of a priority in your life.
1) Less coffee, sitting, snacking | More water, movement, vegetables
Like many of you, I struggle with having too much of a good thing. I love my morning coffee, and I enjoy the not-so-healthy snacks from time to time. Chocolate anyone? And when I'm working, I find myself sitting more than moving.
These daily choices take a toll on me. The slow weight gain and achy joints are evidence that I live for "me," forgetting that the Holy Spirit is taking residence in my body.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
One way I can become less than so that God can become more than is to eat, drink, and move in a direction that honors God.
2) Less Instagram, Online Shopping | More Quiet Time with God
The pull is always there. It sits on my phone, staring me in the face, ready for me to swipe it open. Once inside, the "quick check" becomes minutes and hours as the lure of the feed sucks me in.
Whether it be a social media site or shopping online, this time suck is always the same. Like all activities that require less of me, the task itself is not harmful. However, the benefits received are also not significant.
Happy is anyone who becomes wise - who comes to have understanding. There is more profit in it than there is in silver; it is worth more to you than gold. Wisdom is more valuable than jewels; nothing you could want can compare with it. Wisdom offers you long life, as well as wealth and honor. (Proverbs 3: 6-16)
Wisdom is rarely (or never) found on Instagram or Amazon. It is, however, found in spending those minutes alone with God, reading the Bible and praying.
3) Less Work | More Rest
Work we must. How else do we pay the bills and have money to do the activities we enjoy? And how else can we help God carry out His mission here on earth?
The problem I face (and I'm guessing many of you do as well!) is not about the work itself; it is about resting from that work.
Whether it be pressure from bosses or it is self-imposed, taking one day to rest is a struggle and often neglected. And yet, this rest is not just suggested for us but commanded. God believes it to be so important that He made it one of His ten commandments.
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. (Exodus 20: 8-10).
And so, one way to make me less than and to make God more than, is to use my Sunday's to rest from my labors, so that I am filled, and renewed to go into another week serving God.
4) Less 'Me' Busy | More 'God' Busy
Calendars fill up quickly, don't they? One quick glance at my families calendar and you will see play practices, ski club, knowledge bowl practices and meets, church events, family gatherings, vacations, work travel, and bible study gatherings.
My family loves all of our activities! But, when I look at our schedule I see 90% "us," and only 10% God.
So then, my dear friends, stand firm and steady. Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord’s service is ever useless. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
I'll be the first to admit that finding the balance between being busy for God and being busy for us is hard to do. But, as God continues to place on my heart the need to make me less and Him more, I see that our calendar is an excellent place to start.
5) Less Worldly Messages | More Godly Messages
I fall prey to worldly ideals all the time. Most of the messages I succumb to fall around my worth, success, and identity. The world is quick to tell me that I am worthy only if I'm moving up the "corporate" ladder, buying expensive houses and cars, and influencing millions.
But, God. God doesn't see me (or you) in that light!
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. (1 Sam 16:7)
Making me less than and God more than is about turning away from the world's opinions about me, and letting God, my Creator, tell me who I am and why I was created.
Friends, what areas of your life do you need to make you less than so that God can be more than? I would love for you to tell me so that we can walk this less than, more than journey together.
Hugs to all,
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