Still More? You Gotta be Kidding!

Do you ever have those days when you are just in a snit?

  • Days when your best effort is nowhere near enough to close the gap of all that needs to be done?
  • Days when “just one more thing” is enough to push you over the edge of reason?
  • Days when you just don’t like what the Bible has to say about things like patience, rejoicing, and kindness?

I must confess to a bit of an attitude about a little phrase that has been getting my goat lately: STILL MORE.

At first glance, these two words seem pretty harmless, not the pull-your-hair-out and grit-your-teeth kind of language. Think again.

Take a look at this:

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment...” Philippians 1:9

And this:

Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more..” 1 Thessalonians 4:1

Translation: You’re doing great…but you can do better.

Or how about this one:

“But earnestly desire the greater gifts.And I show you a still more excellent way.–This is the introduction to the great Love chapter in 1 Corinthians 13.

AGGHHH….

 

IMGP8001 edThese are not the words you want to hear when you’re having a snit kind of day. Still more? Really?

You gotta be kidding!

And just how much is still more? 

I can’t.

I won’t.

Can’t you see the snit-steam coming out my ears?

In my rational moments, I realize there isn’t really an answer to this question. When you get down to it, still more is an attitude rather than an amount.

To love or excel still more is to be willing to press on with forward motion. There is a desire to see what is around the next bend.  Still more holds great possibilities in it’s back pocket. Still more is like the proverbial boy scout…always prepared and always ready.

To have a still more kind of heart, you have something in you that just can’t accept that this is the best you can do. You’re unwilling to accept “good enough,” ” almost,”  or “status quo.”

Still more.

Yep, some days, I just don’t like that phrase.

 

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5 Comments

  1. Oh my. This definitely hits home with me. There are so many days that I have so much to do and I seem stretched to the limit. But then I remember that we are supposed to be loving God at every moment and even though it is “still more” it gives me the strength to push on.

    • I hear you! You have an amazing way of giving still more with your wonderful smile never failing! I am going to miss you when those Texas folks get you back!

  2. I can’t even begin to say how timely this is. I have felt overwhelmed and overtaken lately with requirements that seem to come from every area, Girl scouts, boy scouts, work kids and yes even church. But taking a few minutes at lunch today to read you posts (in which I have been slightly delayed lately) reminded me that although I am in a snit about still more God never his. Thru him I can find the ability to do still more …thank you for the blog. I truely believe that God uses you to be his gentle way of talking to me and reminding me of what is important.

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