We taught our young grandson American Sign language before he could talk. One of the words he learned first was, “more”.
As he ate his last puffed snack, he quickly signed, “more”. When the last drop of milk trickled from his sippy cup, he placed his cup on his tray and signed, “more”.
One summer day I took Bolton on an outing to Tanglewood park to see the horses in the barn. We stood in front of the first stall while a grey horse lumbered to the door to investigate us. After a short rub on his forehead, we walked to the next stall. My grandson quickly signed, “more”. This happened at every stall door until he was signing, “more” before we were finished visiting with each horse.
I wanted him to fully enjoy each visit. He was intent on “more”.
I am no different. Often I rush through my day to complete my “To Do” list barely enjoying the journey. Or I start dreaming of a bigger, nicer, more up to date home, before I know it, I’m grumbling about what I have and consumed with “more”.
Have you ever sat in church and wished, “so and so” were there because they “really needed to hear the sermon”. No one was missing yesterday because that sermon was directed totally at me, felt like it anyway.
Oh my goodness, I have SO much to be thankful for. God has been my God of providence all my life. He has given me all I need and SO much “more”!
I’ve been thinking a lot about that word, “more”.
When I can quiet my stinking flesh, what I really want “more” of is Jesus. To know Him “more”, to love Him “more”, to follow Him “more” closely, to obey HIm “more” quickly and fully.
Philippians 3:7-14Amplified Bible (AMP)
7 But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as [[a]one combined] loss for Christ’s sake.
8 Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One),
9 And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith.
10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [[b]which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]
11 That if possible I may attain to the [[c]spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].
12 Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own.
13 I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.