A couple of weeks ago, our TrueNorth staff had our annual retreat in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. During our time together, one of our conversations centered around the increasing number of activities and programs that fill the calendar of our growing church. As we discussed the challenges of a full calendar, the question that came to my mind is whether more is less? Or stated another way maybe less is more.
Sometimes the multitude of church activities can impact the quality of what we do and even lead to mission drift. We can lose focus on doing the most important stuff we should be doing. Maybe less is more if we prioritize doing the right things well.
I think this principle also applies to our individual lives and families as well. It’s so easy in this busy world to fill our calendars with more activities, events and things to do, believing that it means that our lives will be more fulfilled. Unfortunately, more often leaves us with superficial relationships that have no depth because we lack the time to develop them. More leaves us exhausted and tired by choosing too much of what is good and forsaking what is best. More isn’t as rewarding as it seems.
There is an old proverb that says, “Don’t use a lot where a little will do.” It’s not a biblical proverb but it sure is filled with lots of wisdom.
Let me invite you to push the pause button and consider doing less by choosing what is best. Quite possibly your life and family could find more by doing less.
When we focus on doing less and doing it well, instead of doing more and assuming it’s better, we’re less scattered, more deliberate, less hurried and more present for the ones we love. It may be the biggest advantage to doing less: we create more space to enjoy the best things now.