Perhaps its just me, but I often feel the pull to do (and to be) more. To fill my days and nights with meaningful and weighty activities that quench my own selfish need for significance. Frequently, these are good things like volunteer opportunities or church commitments or extra work responsibilities. But, recently, I've begun to understand that the good has a not-so-subtle way of pulling me away from the great.
This “less vs. more” battle actually began long ago. In the beginning – the very beginning – with the dawning of time itself.
After setting the stars in the sky, washing the world in water, and covering creation’s continents with plants and animals, God made man. On the sixth day, the Lord of the universe breathed Adam into being, and later Eve, and lovingly placed them in paradise. In utopia.
The Garden of Eden was perfect in every way, and (save one very important tree) the land, and everything on it, was theirs. Genesis 2 tells us that God’s masterpiece was Adam’s and Eve’s to tend, to work, and (presumably) to enjoy. There were no other tasks to worry about – no other jobs to do. Just tend, work, and enjoy.
It’s why they were created.
But Satan, the serpent, sensed a foothold. He placed a bet that, if he could create dissatisfaction on Earth – if he could divert humans from their true calling – he could gain the upper hand. So, the snake tempted Adam and Eve. And he tempted them with more.
More power. More knowledge. More control.
And Adam and Eve bit.
It was from that day forward that humans began covering up. We began hiding. From God. From our individual callings. From our unique purposes in life. While Adam and Eve layered themselves with leaves, today we bury ourselves with busyness. Mask ourselves with the mundane. Clothe ourselves with control.
You and I have each been created for a purpose – a purpose for which God asks us to devote our lives – and yet we’re somehow not satisfied with it. We want more. We have a snake (of sorts) whispering in our ear that we can do it all. We can have it all. We can be it all. And "all" is always just a little bit more.
We've taken the bait...just like Adam and Eve did.
So, today, I'm encouraging you (and me) to ignore the whisper. To dismiss the little voice that says you're not doing enough. To walk away from the temptation to add just one more thing to your plate - even if it's a "good" thing. And then, in turn, to consciously embrace the reasons that God has put you on this planet and leave the rest alone.
If history's first inhabitants had done as much, we would be living in a very different world.