Less is More?!!!!

Posted: November 28, 2011 in Wandering Thoughts

Less is more is not a new phrase concept or idea in my life. How can less be more?… let me share just one place where i am as i close out 2011 strong in the Lord and strong in my pursuit. Less of me and more of Him is nothing new either as generations have spoken about it but to me there seems to be little change on a broad basis. i can not be concerned with that, but, i can be concerned with me and so less is more works for me.

Many years ago i had a baked potato business. The details are not important. The fact that at lunch time we were packed is. People would wait in line to get into our 600 square foot building. One day the landlord comes and says, “we will make you a great offer to move you into the space next door,” which is three times the size. “No thank you,” was easy as i was just barely handling what i had at the time. Our success continued and i began doing Murder Mystery dinners in the evenings and again every table would be filled. The second time the landlord came he was even more generous in the offer and it made sense but i still stayed firm in my answer of no. London Oven Eatery became well know and actually provided the food for a television crew and actors of a show called Northern Exposure. On top of that we began doing catering for the cities breakfast meetings. All done within the 600 square feet. When customers came in i could personally greet them and talk with people as they weren’t more than 15 feet away. The the landlord came a third time i can still hear to this day, “i have an offer you can’t refuse.” i didn’t and from the day we opened in the new space, we never filled the tables. It was a deal that i could have and should have refused. Bigger was not better, i could no longer converse with people as they walked nor as they sat at their tables.  Thus “less is more” means a lot to me.

There are biblical grounds for “less is more.” The story is there to be read in 1 Samuel 17, and what a story it is. Oh… it’s not the only place where God used “less is more.”

For today i am just looking at a portion of it, verse 38 to 50. Then Saul outfitted David as a soldier in armor. He put his bronze helmet on his head and belted his sword on him over the armor. Then, David tried to walk but he could hardly budge.

Saul a warrior tried to impose his way to do battle on David and David says, sorry i can’t do this. Not as i can’t do this literally, but as in i can’t do this the way you want me to.  In the next verse he says, less is more.

David told Saul, “I can’t even move with all this stuff on me. I’m not used to this.” And he took it all off.

In verse 40 i get a picture of who David is and what his life is like. David took his shepherd’s staff, selected five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s pack, and with his sling in his hand approached Goliath.

i read the whole chapter so i know this is the same way David prepared for life every day. He was a less is more kinda guy and it worked for him in the past so he thought why do anything different, this is just one more bear, one more lion, one more enemy for God to take care of.

As the Philistine paced back and forth, his shield-bearer in front of him, he noticed David. He took one look down on him and sneered—a mere youngster, apple-cheeked and peach-fuzzed. The Philistine ridiculed David. “Am I a dog that you come after me with a stick?” And he cursed him by his gods. “Come on,” said the Philistine. “I’ll make roadkill of you for the buzzards. I’ll turn you into a tasty morsel for the field mice.” David answered, “You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel’s troops, whom you curse and mock. This very day God is handing you over to me. I’m about to kill you, cut off your head, and serve up your body and the bodies of your Philistine buddies to the crows and coyotes. The whole earth will know that there’s an extraordinary God in Israel. And everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn’t save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God—he’s handing you to us on a platter!”

48-50That roused the Philistine, and he started toward David. David took off from the front line, running toward the Philistine. David reached into his pocket for a stone, slung it, and hit the Philistine hard in the forehead, embedding the stone deeply. The Philistine crashed, facedown in the dirt.That’s how David beat the Philistine—with a sling and a stone. He hit him and killed him. No sword for David!

Just David and Goliath. How about settling a war today with just two people. A sling and a stone. How simple is that for such a huge outcome. In closing i must share a story that was sent to me. It was one of the many confirmations God is sending me about where i am going.

Imagine you take two elephants . . . And you put them in a roomYo u give them plenty to eat and drink and you shut the door on them. Three years later, you come back and open the door. What comes out? Three elephants come out. Mom, Dad, and a baby.” “That’s good. In three years, Mom and Dad elephant have had one baby!

Now, instead of two elephants, let’s pretend you put two rabbits in the room. At the end of three years, when you open the door, you had better run for your life, because millions of rabbits will explode out of that door.

Something that is large and complex is hard to reproduce.

Something that is small and simple multiplies easily.

A “plague” of rabbit churches could transform a nation!

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