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I wrote the article below as an assignment from the blogspot of Maria Keckler, who is a master wordsmith.   I thought I would share it with you all.  The subject is one that could evoke me to write pages and pages of thoughts.  But I would run out of time.  Anyhow,  hope you are inspired by this: 

 

Less is more.  Is there really such an entity?   The term almost sounds like an oxymoron.  How can less be more?  Let me count some of the ways I’ve observed.

 

  • I am spending way too much of my spare time at the computer terminal, and my hubby is feeling neglected.  I decide to spend less time on my computer and am now able to spend more quality time with my dear hubby. In this case, less is more. 

 

  • I once heard a parable about a man who had acquired all the latest gadgets and appliances for his home.  This was done for the sake of convenience and saving time.  In the end, all those gizmos, widgets and domestic equipment required more of his time than it saved him.  The microwave needed cleaning, the showerhead needed replacement, the dishwasher needed repairs, the computer needed upgrading, and the list goes on!   Once he rid himself of the really unnecessary items, he had more time for other pursuits.  In this case, less is more.

 

Being a Christian, I wanted to see what the Bible’s take was on this idea of less being more.  Here is what I found.

 

  • John the Baptist was called by God to be the forerunner of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.  He preached the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.  He had a huge following too.  But when Jesus came on the scene, shortly after that, John recognized that the Messiah had truly come.  His mission to prepare the hearts of the people to receive the Messiah was nearing its fulfillment.  John realized this when he said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”   In other words, less of John meant more of Jesus.
  • Jesus Himself said, “I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains [just one grain; it never becomes more but lives] by itself alone.  But if it dies, it produces many others and yields a rich harvest.  (John 12:24 Amplified Version)  Another illustration of less becoming more.

These are just a few examples.  The Bible is replete with instances like these.  This theme of less is more can even be seen in nature.  The example Jesus gave above is one.  Here is another:  There are some plants that cannot reproduce without a fire opening up their cones and releasing their seeds.  Giant Sequoia trees are an example of this, their cones are called serotenous and they only open after a fire goes over them and opens them up.  I truly believe there is a spiritual lesson that can be learned from the concept of less is more.  But that is another discussion for another time!!

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