The Pursuit of Less

“An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.”

Pliny the Elder

How much stuff do you have?

How many social media accounts do you have?

How many appointments do you have on your calendar this week?

As I consider these questions, I realize I have been pursuing more for far too long.

I have “stuff” I don’t use. I certainly can’t keep up with everything going on in my social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). And I know my calendar is jam-packed next week.

We live in a society where so many of us seem to be in a race for more. More stuff. More “connections.” More appointments.

More isn’t always a bad thing; however, I think we could all benefit through the pursuit of less.

Leanne and I are in the process of downsizing. Our kids are grown (and we are so proud of them). Our house no longer is necessary for our family – especially for just the two of us. Over the past few weeks, we have begun the task of going through our house, getting rid of stuff, and making sure the house is ready to put on the market.

When it comes to our stuff, we have been selling stuff, giving stuff away, and throwing away things. In some cases, it has been challenging – like getting rid of my CDs and cassette tapes (when was the last time I used one of those) or my comic books. As we have gone down this path, it has been easier to part with our possessions.

Getting rid of our stuff has actually been refreshing. We have felt a remarkable sense of freedom as we have been minimizing our things. Don’t get me wrong, we are still hanging on to some of our possessions (I’m not quite ready to part with my baseball card collection). We are rediscovering what is really essential. We are redefining what really matters.

Here’s the reality: It’s not our stuff that really matters. It wears out. It breaks. It gets dusty. And we can’t take our stuff with us at the end of our lives.

In the pursuit of less, I think we are realizing it is also a pursuit of more. Less bondage to our stuff, and more freedom to live – to give – to save. Less time taking care of our stuff, and more time for deeper relationships.

When someone says “less is more”, I think they might just be on to something. Less really is more!

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Jesus – Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)