Less is more

Remember this post? Full of self-pity and self-loathing?

Well, today, I helped a friend move out of the house that her long-time (now ex) boyfriend had lived in for nearly 4 years. They bought the house together. It was one of those foreclosure junky houses. They renovated and redecorated it together. They’ve been together for 10 additional years previous to buying the house.

My friend has yet to tell me what happened, or what is going through her mind. Perhaps it is still too painful to speak out loud.

I helped her move from that 3-bedroom, 3-bath house to a 1-bedroom studio. Five car-loads of stuff crammed into a much smaller space than what she’s used to. A seemingly smaller life, with less loved ones in it.

But I see an opening in her soul and spirit for God. She used to be strong in her faith as a teenager, but adult life has revealed more reasons for her to turn away from her faith. As I’m sure happens to a lot of people. But I don’t see her life as smaller. I see her life as ready for something new. Something different. It’s inspiring. She’s brave to ditch the past and walk a much tougher road now than what she was used to.

Who knows what God has in store for her? There’s a whole new blank page in front of her that would make anyone freeze up with fear. I freeze up with fear when facing much smaller blank pages than she is right now.

Don’t quench the Spirit. Keep in step with the Spirit. God is a hand-crafter, not a mass producer. – John Ortberg


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