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One Thing

One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to see him in his temple. Psalm 27:4

This weekend we begin a new series here at Trinity designed to focus on the “One Thing’ that matters most as we enter into this New Year. “One Thing” is about living according to the motto: less is more. We are living in the best of times. Never has technology allowed us to get more accomplished, however, with the advancement of technology comes the overload of information and tasks, making our lives much more demanding and complicated. We have become info-gluttons. Having things like emailing, texting, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, phone calls, messages, voice mails, instant messages, faxes, snail mail, etc. The day begins with an avalanche of information and ends the same way. It is kind-of-like drinking from a data fire hose that we can’t turn off! This pace is pushing many over the emotional and spiritual edge. We have to ask ourselves, “How do we want to live our lives? Can we keep up the frantic pace?” “One Thing …” is the principle of less is more, or as I call it—the freedom of less. Fewer commitments mean more meaningful commitments. Fewer activities mean more meaningful activity. Fewer meetings mean more productive meetings. The freedom of less means more joy and less sorrow, and more peace and less guilt. This comes by way of not over extending ourselves. It’s about simplifying our lives. The Parento principle states that 80 percent of your effectiveness comes from 20 percent of your effort. It also states that 80 percent of your profit comes from 20 percent of your clients.

King David said, “One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: …” What is the “One Thing” you are asking of the Lord in this New Year? Simplify your life by identifying the essentials and eliminating the rest. Focus on your needs above your wants, having more in life through less.

Just a thought,
Carl

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