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It seems as though we are always after more. More stuff. A newer car. A bigger house. A better job. We live with the notion that the more we have the happier we will be. Therefore, we work our selves tirelessly in order to get more.

This time of year only accentuates our pursuits of more. For about 6 weeks straight it feels like our rhythm of life is: buy and consume, buy and consume, buy and consume. More. More. More.

But for most of us, the “more” that we pursue during this time of year we don’t really need. It’s all just extra on top of the abundance we already have.

So lately I’ve been thinking about less. And I’ve been asking the question would I actually be happy if I had less rather than more? If I were to strip away all of the excess in my life and focus only on what I really needed, would that truly bring joy and satisfaction in my life?

There is this saying that goes, Jesus + Nothing = Everything. It’s actually a book title, but you’ve probably heard it in other places as well.

And the question I’m wrestling with is whether or not I actually believe that? If I never have my dream home or dream job, is Jesus enough? If my sphere of influence never widens and I live an anonymous life, is Jesus enough? If no one ever reads my blog again, is Jesus enough?

What is it for you? Marriage? Kids? Financial security? Earlier retirement? Owning a home? Owning a second home? If none of those things happen in your life, is Jesus enough?

The irony about this time of year is that Jesus is the center piece of the Christmas season. Yet it’s clear from the way we celebrate, Jesus isn’t enough. This should be the time of year we strip away the excess and focus on Christ. Yet we’ve piled on all sorts of added things. Gifts. Decorations. Parties. Cards. And our culture only screams, MORE! MORE! MORE!

Now don’t get me wrong, I love everything that come with this season, but I can’t help but wonder if it actually conditions us to believe that Jesus + MORE = Everything.

So what is it for you? What is that thing you feel you “have to have?” Maybe a great spiritual practice this christmas is to find one way to sacrifice and simplify in order to create space to focus on Christ in hopes that he will satisfy you in ways the all of the added stuff can’t.

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2 Responses to “Enough”

  1. simplewithsyd

    I can see how the world can be wooed by getting more, more, more.
    My more? I am hungry to know Him more 🙂

    How fabulous that we all are welcome, but the qualification required is that we must thirst.

    Everyone who thirsts,
    Come to the waters;
    And you who have no money,
    Come, buy and eat.
    Yes, come, buy wine and milk
    Without money and without price.
    Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
    And your wages for what does not satisfy?
    Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
    And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
    Incline your ear, and come to Me.
    Hear, and your soul shall live… Isa 55:1-3

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  2. Diane Leahy

    Thank you, Bryan, for sharing these thoughts, they surely make one ponder just what is the heart of their Christmas celebration. Somehow we have all allowed the confusion around us to draw us into a materialistic way of celebration. I too, have been thinking along this same thoughts and have decided to add another step to our day. Each person (children too) will answer these 3 questions:

    1) How important is Christmas to you and why?

    2) How has God touched your life over the past year and how did that affect you?

    3) Where do you see yourself 5 years from now in your walk with Jesus and in goals you may have in life?

    It began as a way for my grandchildren to talk about themselves and share, but then I thought, why not all of us?

    So, Merry Christmas and may you continue to share your thoughts with all of us.

    Diane

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