Friday, June 3, 2011

The Meaning Behind the Title

Titling a blog is no easy task. To convey ones heart in a short, catchy grouping of words is difficult. But behind every blog title there is a story and so it is with mine. I enjoy reading about how others came up with their titles; and it is time I share my story.

The battle of fighting the flesh requires daily focus. Preparation. A battle plan. I don’t know about you (though I could make an educated guess) but my number one battle is fought in the area of selfishness. I want…. I need… I have to have… I like… I hate… I can… I can’t… I will…. I won’t… I must… Expectations I place on others… expectations I place on circumstances… and expectations I place on God. My flesh naturally is drawn to magnify me. To get the best for me. To make it easiest for me. To show my best side. To manipulate others to like me. Self-important, self-seeking, self-centered. A universe is created, dedicated to ME and it’s all too often where I reside until God pulls me away and into the truth.

The truth is found in Luke 9:23-24"If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it."

John 3:30 states it clearly, no matter what translation you read.
NAS “He must increase, but I must decrease”
NIV “He must become greater; I must become less.”
NLT “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”
NCV “He must become greater, and I must become less important.”

Denying myself. Losing my life. Taking up my cross. Following Him. Increasing Him. Decreasing me. Daily. Day in and day out. Not when I feel like it. A way of living. A constant choice I make. And my flesh fights it. But I know it’s right.

This is not something that just happens. I’ve got to make it happen. I have to choose. Choose to give up trying to make me happy. Choose to do what will bring glory and praise to Him. Letting it happen occasionally is not enough, it won’t happen. I’ve got to pursue it. Seek it. I am on a mission.

A mission “In Hot Pursuit Of More And Less.”

Check out the story behind the blog title "Smelling Coffee". It's one I definitely relate to!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sharon~ Thanks for letting me know about the link on your blog post. I loved reading about your blog name - and it's exactly as I imagined. It's so hard to seek less of us and more of Him - I join you in that "hot pursuit". :-)

    Blessings to you and a wonderful week ahead. VBS this week? We are.