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\\ M O R E \\ adjective | \ˈmȯr\ Webster 1828: a. [L. magis; mare for mager; but this is conjecture.] 1. Greater in quality, degree or amount; in a general sense; as more land; more water; more courage; more virtue; more power or wisdom; more love; more praise; more light. It is applicable to every thing, material or immaterial. 2. Greater in number; exceeding in numbers; as more men; more virtues; more years. Merriam-Webster today: greater in amount, number, or size : extra or additional Most times the word more is preceded by, “Can I have…” or “I want…” Yesterday I picked up my millennial fingers, tapped my fingers across the screen, and asked those who were still in my messages, “If you could have more of one thing, what would it be?” Here’s what they had to say: “Happiness.” “I don't know.” After a little while it was changed to, “More cowbells.” Hail State to that. “A stronger Dedication to the Lord.” After thought one friend responded, “I might do what Solomon did and ask for wisdom.” Boom. The most beautiful goes to, “Coffee.” The text right after it read, “And Jesus .” The last response I received read, “Money and more dogs.” It's usually the things that feed our "mores" that make up who we are. But if for one moment we step outside of that. Who are we really? What is left? There's a quote that is so true by, Marianne Williamson that reads, "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." For a moment I won't talk about anyone else. I'll talk about me. Because that's where it starts right? This quote speaks of me. So many times, more often than not, I find myself settling for what I know I can do, barely passing than excelling in the gifts I know God has given me. Settling for the C instead of striving for the A. Procrastinating instead of planning. Hiding instead of thriving. Scared because of what could be. But that's not who were were designed or called to be. Our past should not define us, our fears contain us, or our struggles chain us. Yet sometimes we find ourselves doing this every day. We are always one step, one choice, one answer away from choosing the greatest adventure of our lives, but we think where we are is so much better. To move will be death, but in reality, it is so much L I F E. How can you stretch yourself? How can you be more? Putting yourself outside your comfort zone. I am preaching to myself here more than anyone. It could be traveling away from home or more simply put S T A Y I N G home - with your family. Meant to be so much more, will we waste what we've been given. Or use it for others and to the Glory of God? I could continue to go on, but instead I'm going to stop here and let you ponder. Where, when, to what, and whom have you been called to be M O R E?