More Or Less

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt.  The prompt today is “less.”

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In many ways, for me, this is a season of more – more opportunities, more responsibility, more work.  It’s a time of investing more in certain relationships, of giving more of my time to others around me, of recognising that I need to pray more because I need God’s help and guidance.

But along with the more, there is also less.

There is less because I have limits, because I can’t do it all, because I only have so much time and energy, and if I give more to something, I have less for something else.

It’s not always easy to accept, but it’s necessary.

And it’s an ongoing process of finding the balance, of giving a little less to something for a while and seeing how it works out.

That’s why I’ve been here a little less, writing a little less.  Part of me wondered about stopping altogether – it’s been a struggle to find either the time or the inspiration.  But it’s become clear in the last few days that I still have more to say, that I have ideas for posts that I’m itching to write as soon as I can find the time – and now that I have the motivation, I’m hoping that finding the time will be easier.

The main thing I’ve learned is that it’s an ongoing process of seeking God – looking for where he is calling me to give more and where he is calling me to give less.  My natural tendency will always be towards more, but more isn’t possible without less.

I think I’m beginning to figure it out – more or less… 🙂

20 thoughts on “More Or Less

  1. There is less because I have limits, because I can’t do it all, because I only have so much time and energy, and if I give more to something, I have less for something else. <—- This is golden. I, too, agree with these words. I also can find empathy in the stance that sometimes we write less or not at all. I've been there and done that too! I think we have to see where the Lord is leading. I pray you have a wonderful weekend! Jennifer, FMF Neighbor

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! Yes, one thing I’ve been reminded of lately is that God will give us all we need for what he is calling us to, but he won’t necessarily give us all we need if we’re taking on extra things by ourselves! I hope your weekend is great too!

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  2. It is so true, Leslie – we begin to figure this out, more or less, as time goes on. I am so grateful God teaches me to distinguish the difference between more and less. Blessings!

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  3. There is less of me to give,
    but more for me to do,
    and it’s no bad way to live,
    keep going ’till you’re through.
    There’s no need now for contemplation,
    I’ve though every thought there is,
    and unto final destination
    I intend to take the piss
    out of every bonny lad and lass
    who suggests, “Now, slow it, mate”,
    for the bottom of yon whiskey-glass
    is a lens unto my fate;
    death is coming, can’t you see?
    So clap your hands, and dance with me!

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  4. I’m so glad you have more to say, because I look forward to reading your thoughts and learning from your words! It’s hard learning to balance all the expectations and responsibilities in life. Sounds like you’re figuring it out! Hope your new venture is going well!

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  5. I also read Joanne’s post on more and less today. 2 Wonderful ways to interpret “more” and “less”. I understand your take on “less”. We only have so much energy. We need to spend it wisely. Accepting our limitations is important! 🙂

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  6. That’s something I didn’t take into account for years: that if you’re doing one thing, you have less time and energy for another. I got overloaded doing too much. Now I know it’s perfectly within God’s will to say no to what looks like a great opportunity or to cut back or simplify in some areas.

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    1. I have definitely had times when I’ve taken on far too much as well because I struggled to say no or wanted to do it all. I’m gradually getting better at recognising my limits and seeking what God wants me to do.

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