We operate under the assumption that more is better. In a past post entitled “living ful”, I pointed to examples where I thought this premise rang true. But I’ve been thinking. Sometimes less is really more, or at least more to be desired than the more we so often desire. Let me explain.
I don’t want to be dreadful or to be fearful. Who wants to live full of dread and full of fear? Not me. I want to live dreadless and fearless. I don’t want to be prideful. After all, pride goes before a fall. God opposes the proud and He humbles them. Being full of pride makes life difficult for me and for those around me. Living prideless seems the more satisfying alternative.
I definitely want to be flawless and faultless and for my home to be spotless. The alternative, being flawful, faultful, and spotful is to be avoided if at all possible. We spend a lot of our time and our energy trying to be less full of flaws and faults and spots.
Speaking, whether in or out of turn, often gets me into trouble. So maybe being speechless, some of the time at least, is a more desirable quality than being speechful. Being soundless may also be beneficial, even desirable. Psalm 46:10 commands me to “be still and know that I am God.” That’s impossible for me to do if I am soundful, so some soundless time is something to be sought.
I would totally choose effortless over effortful any day. But the reality is that the most worthy endeavors require effort on my part, so I am rethinking that one. I should probably choose to be effortful, because I need all the effort I can get my hands on to meet the challenges of each day.
It would be too heavy a burden to live vengeful, so I will have to go with vengeless on this one. Living full of vengeance is exhausting. Living vengeless is the more desirable option, coming with a considerably lighter load. Also I would want to be harmless. I have no wish to be harmful to anyone.
There are lots of other “lesses” I would aspire to be. I would want to be guiltless and blameless and matchless and timeless and definitely ageless! and priceless, too. I’m thinking the irony of priceless is that something is so “full” of price (value) that it then becomes “priceless” or without price simply because its’ price cannot be adequately assessed. So now I’m rethinking ageless. If it means so “full” of age that one’s age cannot be accurately assessed, count me out. In these cases “less” really IS more, literally.
I definitely want to learn to live selfless. Living selfful or full of self is not a good way to go through life. Less of me is definitely more.
One that I try to be but can’t, is sinless. Only one person has lived a sinless life, Jesus. He has paid the price for my sin with His death, defeated death with His resurrection and now intercedes for me with God. I’ll never be sinless, but I can choose not to pursue a sinful life, not to fill my life with sin. Less is definitely more when it comes to sin.
Lastly, I don’t want to live regretful. Living full of regret is a hard way to go through life. Living regretless is the goal, the less regret the better. Once again less is more. There’s something to be said for traveling light.
“. . . let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1)
sincerely, Grace Day