More or Less

The saying “more or less” is a phrase that gets used to express vagueness. For example, I stood in line for an hour, more or less. It is a common idiom used in our society when we need to guess something but are unsure of the exact amount. But, I want to look at these two words differently today. I want to explore them in the context of is more better than less? So, let’s jump in.

Wanting More

Here, in our society, we hear that more is better. Advertising stresses the importance of more. We want more information and more stuff. Along the same vein, we demand information faster too. Also, we define our successes based on the amount of (blank) that we have or own. For example, I am tempted to measure my success as an author by the number of books sold. But when does that desire become a problem for the Christian person.

Biblical View

Possessions are not the problem. Instead, the problems arise when we define life by what we own instead of God’s criterion. As I mentioned in my blog last week, God wants to give us good gifts. But, what does God say about accumulating stuff?

  • Luke 12:15; “He told the people, “Be careful to guard yourselves from every kind of greed. Life is not about having a lot of material possessions.”
  • 1 John 2:16-17; “For everything that is in the world—the desire for fleshly gratification, the desire for possessions, and worldly arrogance—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world and its desires are fading away, but the person who does God’s will remains forever.”
  • Ecclesiastes 6:9; “Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless like chasing the wind.”
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Happy with Less

When our desires for stuff overtake our passion for the things of God, we will stumble in our faith. God looks at the heart to determine if our wants are healthy. So, what are some healthy desires God wants us to display?

  • Psalm 37:4; “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
  • Matthew 6:33; “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
  • Proverbs 3:6; “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Contentment

The Bible shows us that contentment comes from delighting, seeking, and acknowledging God with our lives. While greed will only bring us strife, division, and separation. We need to learn to find happiness in less, not more. God promises to provide all we need when we put Him first. 2 Corinthians 9:8 tells us, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 

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This week, let’s aim to find our happiness in less material things and more God things. God Bless you this week as you strive to seek God’s Kingdom first. 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, Your Name is to be honored above all things. Lord, You are great and much to be praised. Today, we lift our voices towards heaven and offer praises to Your Most Holy Name. We thank You for Your marvelous works and Your loving kindness and tender mercies toward us. Thank You for providing us with all the good things we need in life. Lord, You give us more than we deserve. Your mercy endures forever. Amen. 

Blessings,

Yvonne M. Morgan, author, blogger, and speaker.

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51 thoughts on “More or Less

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      It does bring a true joy that nothing can take away. Thanks Jessica and God bless

  1. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    We keep forgetting we’re not in heaven yet. Perfect comfort isn’t found here. Only there.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Great observation Nancy. I appreciate your thoughts. Thanks and God bless

  2. Ava James – An indie author and lifestyle blogger. Words burst out at the most inappropriate times. Passion filled letters, impatiently exploding onto the page or screen when I'm consumed with something else. Besides life would be dull and boring if writing was straightforward. When away from her writing she works full time as a medico-legal professional. In her spare time she enjoys an adventure from the outdoors to dancing and anything sporty.
    Ava James

    I love this, we doubt our impact because we use our own measuring stick not God’s.Thanks for this wonderful perspective Yvonne!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Ava. Our measuring sticks don’t work well either. God’s ways are the best. God bless.

  3. Ava Pennington – Bible study teacher, speaker, and author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional.
    Ava Pennington

    Yes – less stuff and more depth to our relationship with God.
    And I find these days there’s a direct inverse relationship between the two!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I agree, so much in our world is upside down. We need Jesus. Thanks Ava and God bless

  4. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    The older I am, the more I realize “stuff” is not so important. Knowing God and living a faith filled life is better than having possessions. 🙂

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I am right there with you. I learned that stuff does not make me happy. Only Jesus gives me joy. Thanks Melissa and God bless.

  5. This is a great reminder of the perspective a Christian needs to have. I think about how on the day I leave this earth, I won’t take any of those things with me – only the fruit I accumulated for the Lord.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      My dad used to say, “you don’t ever see a uhaul behind a hearse. But I do pray we all have much treasure stored up for us in heaven. Thanks June and God bless

  6. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    Good thoughts, Yvonne! In our culture, seeking more, having more, thinking we need more is pressed upon us everywhere we turn, online and on television and in the marketing all around us. Stuff won’t make us happy. A simple life focused on Jesus will.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      So true Melinda. We could have all the riches of the world and still be unhappy without Jesus. God bless

  7. I love your blog, Yvonne. I love how you say possessions are not the problem, and you would be right. The problem lies within where we find our identity. Things are good to have if we share that with others who have made. Great article!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks so much Marcie. As I get older, this thought has matured. God always provides me with “enough” of what I need. Thanks again and God bless.

  8. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    Thank you, Yvonne, for this important reminder! It is clear that God’s heart is tender toward the poor and humble. May our hearts and lives reflect His goodness and grace. We are blessed to BE a blessing, not to hoard His blessings. Thank you for this reminder. We need it again and again.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I have to remind myself often too. Thanks Melissa and God bless

  9. “More or less” reminded me of “less is more.” And your message but a great spiritual twist on it. This is good: “ When our desires for stuff overtake our passion for the things of God, we will stumble in our faith.” So true!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Karen. That saying does confirm how we should live our spiritual life, less is more. It can be a struggle in light of a world that tells us just the opposite. Christ provides what we need. God bless.

  10. buierocks2002 – "Wanna be" Writer, former Preschool Teacher, amateur Chef & Baker, Sister Daughter Co Worker Friend Aunt...that is a lot of hats to wear in a lifetime but, really, I am just "me." :) It is only by knowing Jesus that I have the life I live. As The Bible says, .." In him we live and move and have our being." So thankful to God for that!
    buierocks2002

    Contentment is really important when we are followers of Christ. Thanks for the reminder to be satisfied whatever the state of my life is today. There is a peace when I choose to live this way.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      And it is a peace the world does not understand. I think this year is also reinforcing this idea for me. Thanks Diane and God bless.

  11. Great reminder to look to Jesus as our Source of happiness and contentment and not our possessions. Accumulating wealth or knowledge can never satisfy like God can! Blessings!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Teresa. He is the true source of our joy in this world. I pray for more people to learn this too. Thanks and God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks For commenting. It is a good thing to learn. God bless

  12. Kudabo Victory – Nigeria – I'm proud to call myself an author, website developer, a blogger and a CEO.
    Victory

    More or less, what a wonderful topic. This reminds us to always set our affection on things above and not below, for the latter will surely fade away.

    Thank you for this wonder-filled post. I was blessed reading…

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks so much Victory. Eternal things will not fade away ever, amen. God bless.

  13. This is so important, Yvonne. People can crave and crave and seek to possess more and more and find heartache and emptiness at the end of it. God alone fills the hole in our hearts.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Yes, He alone fills our needs but so many in our society don’t believe or understand this. Thanks Pam and God bless.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Donna. God bless

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  15. Mary Rooney Armand – New Orleans – Mary Rooney Armand loves to write and teach about inspiring faith based stories. She focuses on helping others grow in their intimacy with Christ and thrive in their personal relationships. She has a Bible Study titled “Identity” available on Amazon. To learn more visit maryarmand.com.
    Mary Rooney Armand

    Great insights! It can sometimes be a challenge to focus on less especially with social media. I love how you define contentment. I think the root of wanting less is found through gratitude and contentment. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks so much for commenting Mary. I think you are very right in joy comes from gratitude and contentment. God blss

  16. Sheryl Mendoza – Philippines – Amazing, smart, sophisticated and fun!
    Sheryl Mendoza

    Hi, Yvonne! Thank you so much for this wonderful post. Contentment, humility and seeking God first in everything are the the things that really resonate with me the most as I need to to work on these as well. God bless you and thank you!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Sheryl. It sounds so easy to do but the world keeps trying to pull us away. God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen Evangeline. With God’s help we can make the change and He can become all we need. Thanks and God bless.

  17. When I finally (which took way too many years) learned the lessons of the scriptures cited in this article, it was such a liberating experience. I felt so free. What we have is a blessing and belongs to the Lord. I don’t take my material possessions for granted, but I also don’t crave to collect material things.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Wonderful to hear Teresa. I learned that a few years ago too. Something good that comes from aging . Now, for gifts, we look at giving experiences that will be remembered for a life time instead of things that fade away (well, except for the grandkids who still get toys). Thanks and God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen and amen. Real contentment only comes from Him and joy will follow. Thanks and God bless

  18. Betty Rojugbokan – Betty is a Cybersecurity specialist who loves God and likes encouraging others in their Christian walk. She is the Chief Editor of AllRoundJesus.com and you can read more about Betty on the site's About page.
    Betty

    The bible says it and I believe it, godliness with contentment is great gain.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I believe it too. Thanks Betty and God bless.

  19. Rachel Mayew – Fort Walton Beach, FL – Hi, I'm Rachel. I am always searching for ways to preserve presence of mind and impart some gentleness to the blink-and-you'll-miss-it pace of life!  I love sharing ways I've found to tend the mind, body, spirit connection in a way that honors God and the people he’s placed around us.
    Rachel Mayew

    Such a good reminder of where we find real joy. In God’s presence! And thankfully God is with us always, regardless of what we own.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen Rachel. He is always with us. God bless.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks so very much. I feel the same way. God bless.

  20. Erin – Augusta GA – Hi, I’m Erin! I live with my husband, two sons and two dogs in beautiful Augusta, Georgia. I am a stay at home mama, and my husband and I do our best every day to love God, love each other, and love our boys. We are a special needs family and love to share how our God has gotten us through some hard times and blessed us along the way.
    Erin

    It is so true that more doesn’t always make us happy. Some of the most meaningful memories in my life were when we had very little.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      We learn as live moves forward. I agree that some great memories are from times of little. Thanks Erin and God bless.

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