So I was listening to a podcast, as I normally do on my morning runs with my dog, and a simple two words was enough to stop me in my tracks and rip my phone out of my arm band to make a note.
I’ll preface this with, I’m a firm believer that you come across messages that you need in your life. Whether that be a phrase, a song, something your friend told you, a random tchotchke you saw at Home Goods (you catch my drift). Sure, not all of these things have some divine meaning, and you can’t just go searching for a meaning in these things. But, when something really resonates with you, it’s almost as if it placed there just for you.
This was one of these moments for me and I wanted to share it with you because I feel like a lot of us fall into the trap of wanting “more”.
When we start getting comfortable with the life we have created, some part of us craves growth, craves, change, craves more. This is normal. After all, if we all stayed where we were comfortable, it would be hard for us to learn and experience the richness of life. In all fairness, for some people, comfort is what they need to function in a healthy way. But as humans, we naturally go through seasons, just like nature. No two summers have the exact same temperatures, or storms, or events, & no two weeks, months, years of our lives 100% replicate each other either. What a blessing, because, wow– there are some moments in my life, I would never want to relive. It’s necessary to embrace these seasons, just as necessary as it is to let go of them and start a new one. Simply put– there is “ALWAYS MORE.”
From a faith standpoint, we know that the present world and everything in it passing away, but there is “ALWAYS MORE” to look forward to in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21). I can’t go much further in this post without crediting Audrey Roloff (if you aren’t familiar with her, I highly encourage you to go check out her story). “Always more”, her mantra, is based on the verse in Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine…”
I can only speak for myself, but when I heard this I felt so much peace. It just made sense. When we believe in the “more” we see a glimpse of who we are made to be.
When you’re finishing that last five minutes of your workout and you feel like you just want to quit, there is always just that little bit more strength we can give to power through it.
When we are stuck in traffic after a long day at work, and it seems like that one person who cut you off just has it out for you, these words “always more” remind us that there is always more to that person’s story than we will ever know.
When we get to ride with the windows down on a gorgeous spring day, and it seems like life just can’t get any better, we are promised that God will always fill us with even more joy than our best moments.
I’ll take just one more quote from Audrey Roloff that just about sums it up…
“There is ALWAYS MORE to look forward to, MORE than meets the eye, MORE to someone’s story, MORE to be thankful for, MORE to give, MORE to unearth, MORE to learn, MORE fun to be had, MORE blessings to receive, MORE fruit to bear, MORE growth in faith, MORE peace to experience, MORE mercy to grant, MORE wisdom to gain, and MORE reason to love.”
When we live in the “more”, we become more. More than we can ever imagine. Don’t settle with what’s good, good isn’t good enough. Challenge yourself…ask yourself, “Do I want more?”