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.