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
“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.
These 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?
Can’t you see the snit-steam coming out my ears?
How do you know when “still more” is enough more?
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.”
Yep, some days, I just don’t like that phrase.