06 Oct How Less Is More!
I woke up one morning recently with an all too familiar feeling. Anxiety was creeping up on me. I could tell as soon as I opened my eyes. My heart felt fluttery (is that a word?), far more than it should have. I don’t think waking-up and being overly aware of your heart beat should be the first thing on your mind!
I had an underlying sense of unease before my day even started. I didn’t like this feeling and I didn’t want this feeling, but I felt powerless over it.
All I could do was focus on how much I didn’t want to feel this way. The thought of going through the day with angst nipping at my heels was evoking a panicky feeling I desperately wanted to be rid of.
My brain started playing the same tape over and over again, warning what kind of day I had ahead of me. But then, it occurred to me I should not be focusing on what I did NOT want but what I wanted MORE of instead.
I did not want anxious thoughts. I wanted MORE peace.
It sounds ridiculously simple but realizing what I wanted more of was the first step to getting it.
There was a time when I just accepted anxiety as something I had to live with and I wouldn’t put up a fight. But, I’ve learned when I want MORE peace, I can actually get it. But, in order to do so, I have to have LESS of other things.
I’ve learned to dig beneath the surface to determine where the anxiety is coming from. In order to have MORE peace, I would have to look at what was stealing it.
My mode of operation for a long time was to just push through and get on with my busy schedule in an effort to distract myself. But, I’ve learned a little bit in the past few years, and ignoring didn’t make it go away, it compounded my unease and made it become an even bigger problem to deal with later.
Now, when I feel disquiet in my soul I stop to investigate.
This is what I’ve learned about how to gain MORE peace.
- If I spend LESS time online, I have MORE peace.
- If I compare myself LESS to those around me, I have MORE peace.
- If I do LESS pushing through and extend grace to myself, I have MORE peace.
- If I do just do LESS in general, I have MORE peace.
Less Doing and More Being = More Peace
When I take the time to be still and pray and listen, it creates the space I need to be able to get to the bottom of what’s bothering me. If it is something I have no control over, sometimes just identifying it and leaving it at the foot of the cross is enough.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
However, there are times when an issue will surface which requires more to address it.
- It may be a difficult conversation that needs to be had or it may mean eliminating something from my schedule that doesn’t belong.
- It may mean examining my heart to see if I am carrying unforgiveness that I need to let go or ask for forgiveness from someone (uugh!).
- Whatever is weighing me down needs to be stripped off.
“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” Hebrews 12:1
Our theme coming out of our hiatus and into this new season is THERE IS MORE.
We know this phrase will mean something different to everyone, but whatever “THERE IS MORE” means to you, we pray it will ultimately lead to MORE connection to your Creator, the One who knows your every need and desire.
Jesus said, “I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness.” John 10:10
We don’t have to look very far to realize MORE things, MORE prosperity, and MORE success will not necessarily bring us more LIFE. Every time I turn around, I read or hear stories of people who on the outside look like they have it all but on the inside are completely empty.
We pray you will have more of the LIFE your relationship with God gives you. That is what gives us MORE of what we really need. Peace that surpasses understanding. Joy regardless of our circumstances. Reckless love beyond what we deserve.
Our purpose in gathering together is to encourage each other in our faith and point each other towards the One who holds the keys to MORE in all the right areas of our lives.
We hope you will join us at our upcoming BTN luncheons in October—we would love to see you as we continue to seek MORE together.