The Bare Minimum

Tonight I needed some fresh air. As well as some quiet thinking time. I put on a heavy jacket, grabbed a blanket off the couch and went outside and laid on our back deck for a little bit. Not long – about 15 minutes, because 46 degrees is cold no matter what you’re bundled up in!

I was staring up at the stars and thinking about grateful I am to be where I am. I was thinking about how beautiful the sky looked – with all the blacks and blues, the millions of stars, and the clouds moving quickly across the sky…and then it occurred to me:

God never does the bare minimum. So why do we?

God hears every prayer, every thought, collects every tear, mends every wound, celebrates every victory, etc etc with all his believers and followers that are alive/exist here on earth. That’s a heck of a lot of people. God never sleeps. God is ALWAYS working – never a day off, never a moments rest, never taking a vacation.

When God designed and created the earth and everything upon it – he didn’t just give us the bare minimum. We don’t NEED all the beauty that surrounds us every second of the day. We don’t NEED stars in the sky, or beautiful flowers, or frosted windshields, or warm cups of coffee, to merely survive. But God gifted us with all those things because he loves us. He went above and beyond the bare minimum.

So why do we live our lives doing just the bare minimum we need to do in order to get by? Why do we do the bare minimum at work, or the bare minimum at home, or the bare minimum with our kids/families, or the bare minimum within our community? Why do we feel as though “surviving” is all that there is – as long as we can make it through this 24 hours, we’ll be alright until tomorrow.

As humans, it seems as though we have developed an astute form of tunnel vision. We go forward with one goal: to finish whatever it is we have to do in as little time as possible, spending as little money as possible, and exerting as little effort as possible.

Sometimes this is all we can possibly do. Sometimes this is enough.

But sometimes, it’s a cop out. Are you truly ENJOYING life if you’re living this way?

I don’t know all the answers. I won’t ever pretend too. I just think we all need to take some time to sit under the stars, see our own breath, feel our own heartbeats and ask ourselves what we’re truly living for?

It’s so easy to get caught up in our own hectic lives and busy schedules. It’s easy to run from place to place without stopping to admire God’s handiwork all around us. What if we took a few minutes each day to devote ourselves to others? What if instead of teaching, we teach and counsel? What if instead of lecturing, we lecture and lead? What if instead of enforcing rules, we enforce rules and mercy? What if instead of acknowledging, we acknowledge and celebrate? What if instead of learning, we learn and explore? What if, instead of attending church once a week, we kept church in our hearts and lived it out every single day? These are just a few examples that come to mind.

It’s time to stop doing the bare minimum in our lives. We only have one life to live – it’s a life planned and perfected by a God who knows ALL things! Let’s live our lives to the absolute fullest that we possibly can. There’s no use wasting your beautiful life on just the bare minimum when God has created and perfected so, SO much more for us to enjoy and savor!

 

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”
C.S. Lewis

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