Sunday nights are typically a time when I cook dinner with the hope that I will have some leftovers to last me through the coming week. I love anything pasta-always have and always will to the point that I could probably eat it every night. A few weeks ago I bought a gadget to make spaghetti from zucchini, squash or just about any other vegetable that can fit inside. The “Veggetti” is true to it’s name and produced the most beautiful zucchini and yellow squash spaghetti that you can imagine. I researched preparing the “veggetti” and learned that it can be served raw with the sauce of your choice or cooked like any other pasta. I chose to cook my “veggetti” to provide a texture that would remind me of regular pasta. Little did I know that a little cooking goes a long way-less is more in this endeavor. You see – my lovely “veggetti” became mush-it’s appearance was light yellow and green and the texture was fit for a baby! Less is more!
In our lives the same holds true..
~ less words in challenging times can mean more than overstating comfort, passion, or encouragement
~ less time in front of the TV, computer or other social media device can leave more time for things that can make a difference
~ less of “me” time allows my focus to look outward to others and their needs
~ less of me and my trivial problems and more of God and who He wants me to be will deepen my relationship with Him
The verses below speak mightily in favor of getting over ourselves and messiness and instead focusing on God. Let’s dig deeper into what God is teaching us and how we can apply this to our own lives.
1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
3 I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. Romans 12:1-3
Verse 1 asks us to lay our ordinary at the feet of Jesus. The freedom of leaving behind the stress and challenges that come with our routines allows us to spend more time with God. Less of us, more of Him!
We continue to read that we should not let the world consume us with its attention grabbing consumerism. We conform to the norms of our world but have we stopped long enough to instead be transformed by God who wants nothing more than to love us and bring out the best in us. Our worst will always turn into God’s best when we embrace Him fully.
The words above that stood out like neon lights state “it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you.” With that thought in mind, let’s challenge ourselves to empty our messiness and instead leave room to fill up on God and HIs goodness.
God’s best yet moment has always been right there – it is now our turn to reach out and grab it in the act of surrendering our ordinary to Him. Do we dare let go of that which the world says is best for that which is unseen? Do we dare let Jesus lead the way for our lives? Do we trade in our less and accept Jesus’ more?
Today and everyday I am praying that I accept God’s goodness by surrendering my ordinary to Him. I ask that my less will become His more in my act of surrendering the world for Jesus.
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