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Jude: Do More By Doing Less


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In my defense, my blog has been molasses style low. It was at a stand still yesterday until a friend of mine smacked some “Go Now” into it with an update. So…I can’t blame the blog.

It’s getting harder and harder to write posts, and frankly, it’s not from lack of ideas. It’s something else. But first, a really cool thing happened last week during one of my weekly meetings. I was sitting with a friend outside a Starbucks and we were talking about prayer.

Prayer equals integrity for pastors,” he said.

Bam! As it goes with your prayer life, so it goes with your integrity. When I think about a blog post, I get this mental picture where I am in prayer, taking a quiet moment to consider the theme, idea, way I talk about – taking that to God for some of that Holy Spirit muse action. But largely, there is always something else to do.

Something is always competing for my attention.

It’s easy for me to get out the penance whip and dig in, but that’s not a very productive approach to inspired writing.

Like today, the Jude blog post. Today, the verse is “Jude 1:2
May you have more and more mercy, peace, and love.”

Jude wants us to have more mercy, peace and love. The three things are important, and have to be sought after so that we have more, but things compete for my (our) attention and mercy, peace and love aren’t what I end up stockpiling. I chase after my tail, multi-tasking more and more (which has recently been repeated to me as: ‘multiple-tasking is actually doing more things less well’).

And, no, I do not really have a tail. That was a metaphor.

The Proverbs lay it down when it comes to integrity. Integrity is the machine that produces happiness and contentment. Integrity is the sum of doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason; and with good effect, “Proverbs 20:7 The righteous live with integrity; happy are their children who come after them.”

It’s kind of funny that in order to live a live full of integrity, the action is stop. In order to do more, the goal has to be to do less.

As we shift from the get more done less well mindset to the get more done by doing less, we get more mercy, peace and love. By creating space for nothing, Jude tells us, we make room for everything!

It’s hard to write blog posts when there is no room for the thing that makes me the most me, me: space to chill with the Spirit and seeking the joy of God’s imagination.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to “getting more done?”

  • sue kilpatrick

    The more I have to do, the more overwhelmed I become. To quiet my brain I distract into needless activities- phone, shopping, FB. Outcome is no good. As I once heard, “You can’t eat a whole elephant at one sitting, but one teaspoon at a time it is possible.”
    Must be an African proverb.

  • Smacksmog

    This is a great article.

    Here are a couple of questions and comments.

    1. Mercy, Peace, and Love. – Is there significance to the order of these things? It says “May you have more” More given to you, more to give. Peace and Love seem to be words that we use a lot but no one seems to give them any true weight. I think that’s a problem.

    2. I like the verse in Proverbs. I think it shows us how to be good parents. As a Dad I often quote the line “Parenting doesn’t come with a handbook” but apparently it does.

    3. I just want to point out that the whole “Less is More” thing doesn’t mean Less is nothing. Instead I think it means doing Less lets you do the important things better.

    I’m just saying. Good piece.

  • prophetsandpopstars

    Yeah, things that are that mysterious and wise…have to be African. Proverbially speaking!

  • prophetsandpopstars

    1. Yep. That’s an interesting think the contemplate. We do say alot of things without giving the weight of the actual words much thought.
    2. Haha! Good point!
    3. I like the way you end this sentence: “doing less lets you do the important things better.” An additional way to think about it is simply how counterintuitive it is that by taking things slowly, more can be accomplished.

    Word

  • Loma Kath

    In answer to your question, starting.
    Or perhaps waiting in silence, instead of filling the procrastination time with mindless things.