The Word For April: Less

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I’m late, but our word for April is here.

LESS.

Less time.  Less sleep.  Less energy.  Less exercise.  Less blogging.   You can fill in the blank.  What do you have less of right now?

For many of us, an area of our life feels incomplete.  There is a sense of less.  It may be in a physical need — like sleep, energy, or physical health.  It may be in an emotional need – like a draining circumstance or a broken relationship.  Or it may be in a spiritual need – like a feeling that God is not really in control or that he doesn’t even care.

Let’s face it.  It’s hard to deal with less.  We always want more.

But there is also a blessing in less.  Sometimes less is actually more.  And it takes a hard circumstance to remind us.

As some of you know, my father is in the last days of his journey here on earth.  He clearly has less of the many things he has enjoyed for some 84 years.   Not only does he have less time.  He has less independence, less energy, and even less enjoyment.  And in watching his struggle, I am reminded of a hard fact.

I usually turn to God in moments of less.

In moments of less, I rely less on myself and more on God.  The opposite is also true.  In moments of more, I rely more on myself and less on God.

The great irony of redemption is that in our moments of less we actually find more.

What do you have less of right now?  How is God using less in your life — at home and at work – to show you more? 

Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.  2 Cor 12: 8-10

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I'm an author who writes about the working mom's struggle to live out an authentic Christian faith in a complex and fast-paced world. I live in constant need of grace, caffeine, and technology -- usually in that order.