More is Better? Or is it simply More?


More flowers are beautiful in a field outdoors under the expansive sun filled sky! But one rose will often do so much without uttering a single word. So, is “more” better? Or, is it simply more? They both have their place in this life.

We need more love, more patience, more joy, more peace, more kindness, more goodness, more faithfulness, more gentleness and more self-control. These can never be duplicated and spread fast enough. They are intangibles. You can’t run out and you can never have enough, so to pursue them is a noble cause. They don’t clutter the house or make the fridge messy. They never take up too much room in the closet. So when talking about the fruits of the spirit, we can never get enough.

Now, in this place and body we reside, more of anything, is just simply more. It clutters, it makes messy, it piles up. It begets hoarding, and storing and paying to be stored. It lurks in garages and sheds and closets and cupboards, bookshelves, containers, and drawers. There are those that proclaim to store and stockpile, to conserve, to save and grow and multiply for times might get tough. Rainy day funds, a container of certain screws and grommets, a basket of light bulbs really are helpful during the year, yet has humanity sped up to the point that to slow down long enough to head to market for some groceries might put us out-of-pocket so that we miss the next big deal. Will we become losers for taking time to care for ourselves and others? Never a day off lest we appear not dedicated or loyal to the owners.

This line from the movie “Sabrina” when she took photos of the Larrabee’s cottage which expresses this very thing. Sabrina says, “More isn’t always better, Linus, sometimes its just more.”

In this world of acquisition the emphasis is on “more.” “More” can be empty. We acquire only to desire more or different. So, if we acquire only to add to what we own, then we walk away in need of “more” and bigger and better, but if we work toward a new pursuit or experience then we find wisdom in our journey. Make “more” a blessing to yourself unlike acquisition only.

Proverbs 3:13-18

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. …