MORE

How many times do you see this word in advertising?  “Anticipate more,” “More convenience, less hassle,” “more savings,” “do more,” “more time with the family,” “more relief than the other pain medications,” etc. etc.

We all want more of something.

Don’t get me wrong: most of us have made peace with many limits in our life.  There are only 24 hours in a day, I only have so many vacation days, only one exemption per dependent, only one nonstop flight to LA per day, maximum of two free side dishes with the entrée – you get the idea.  Our world is full of limitations and there is no way we can expect an unlimited supply of most commodities.

And we have decided that always wanting more can get us into trouble.  Only an alcoholic always wants more alcohol.  A workaholic will never be satisfied without more work.  Eating all we want all the time will kill most of us.  It’s a sad state of affairs.

But I’m willing to bet there’s at least one thing in your life to which you have not accepted limits.  If I were to ask you how much you needed of this thing to be satisfied, if you were brutally honest with yourself, the answer would be: “more!”

What would it be for you?  What is it that you can just never get enough of? Relaxing on a beach?  A good book?  Time with a friend?  Peace and quiet?  Career promotion?  Larger nest egg?  Better health?

The telltale sign of whatever fixation you have is this: when you acquire a greater portion of it, all of the sudden that portion seems smaller or less significant than you thought; it’s size in your eyes changes once acquired.

We are always mystified when a capital investor reaches one billion dollars in assets and insists on making more.  We wonder, why make more?  Do you really need more than a billion dollars in assets?  What  would you do with all that money?  But of course reaching a certain sum was never the ultimate goal.  One must be very fixated on making money to reach one million dollars and need more, to reach 100 million dollars and need more, to reach 500 million dollars and need more, so why would they stop at one billion?  One billion was never the goal; it’s a lifestyle.  ‘More’ was the goal!

So what is the ‘more’ in our own lives and what does it say about us?    What if we got a whole lot more of it?  Would we be satisfied?

In the Christian liturgical calendar, late winter/early spring is the season of Lent when we think about our mortality, what we’re made of, and what our true priorities are.  It’s a helpful time to gain a more sober understanding of our life.

Is it possible to change our ‘more’?  Is it possible to shift our hearts such that we crave a ‘more’ that truly is inexhaustible?  If we’ve got to always have ‘more’ of something, why not make it something that we always CAN have more of?  Some examples:

  • Oxygen
  • Smiling
  • Paying compliments
  • Gratitude
  • A walk in the park (or a stroll in a wheelchair!)
  • Drawing
  • Offering comfort
  • Serving others
  • Prayer
  • Contentment
  • A recognition of the love of God

Imagine having an insatiable desire for one of these instead of those things we crave more of that bring us greater disappointment the more we get?  How would our life be different?

Why not pick something off the list, or maybe something that’s not on there that you thought of, and, just for a day, prioritizing it over anything else.  See what happens.

May your life be filled with more and more of it!

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