The More Mentality

I was a distance runner in high school and college, and the words "always more" started out as a motivational reminder that I wrote on my arm.  These words reminded me that no matter how tired I was, through Christ’s power within me, I always had more than my body led me to believe. Whenever I was fighting fatigue during a race, I would glance down at these words on my arm and it encouraged me to believe that my body was capable of more because of Christ’s immeasurable power at work within me.

Over time, these words became more than just my running inspiration—they became my life mantra. I wrote them on my arm on my graduation day, wedding day, and the day my daughter was born. For me, they are a constant reminder of the more available to us through Christ, inspired by Ephesians 3:20: “Now to him, who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…”

Through Christ’s strength, there is always more strength, joy, peace, hope, and love available to us. Always more ways to love and serve your spouse. Always more patience and grace to pour out on your children. Always more humility to show your coworkers. Always more compassion and devotion to be the church in your community. 

Through Christ, there is always more.

Without Christ, we are limited by our mortal strength, understanding, and ability to love; but through His immeasurable infiniteness, we have access to MORE than we could ever comprehend. 

But this “always more” mindset is not just about receiving more from God, it’s about discovering more of God. It’s about believing that there will always be more ways that we can be refined by His truth, more of His character to unveil, and more of His purposes that we can help to prevail.

Here are several ways to have an “always more” mindset:

Always serve more

The whole, “If you do this, I will do that” attitude has the potential to ruin any relationship. It’s not the way God designed us to function. Healthy relationships are marked by two givers, serving one another with grace, compassion, knowledge, and love. God didn’t say to treat others with respect and serve them only if they do so in return… that’s conditional love. We are called to love by serving others with humility.  I love the C.S. Lewis quote, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” And then Galatians 5:13 says, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”

Always learn more

Be a student of others, especially your spouse and children. There is always MORE to LEARN about who they are, what they like, their past, their day-to-day struggles, their triumphs, their fears, and their hopes and dreams. Ask questions. Be curious. In regards to loving our spouses, 1 Peter 3:7 says that we are to, “dwell with them according to knowledge.” Other versions say that we are to “love them according to knowledge.” In order to have that knowledge, we must be willing to keep learning more

Always love more

As Christians, our entire life should emulate the love of Christ. Jesus tells us, in the gospel of John, that everyone will be able to distinguish whether or not we are His disciples by how we “love one another.”  John 13:34-35 says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Your love for others—your spouse, children, coworkers, or strangers, even—is how others will see Christ in you (Ephesians 5:33). As you grow to love Christ more, you are able to love others more. It is only by His unending love, that we have the capacity to love without bounds. To love others more, you must seek to LOVE Christ MORE. 

1 John 4:7-8 reminds us, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

God designed us to worship Him and put no one else before or in place of Him. As we seek to love and worship Christ more, we are able to more creatively, more patiently, more selflessly, and more unconditionally love others. The more in tune we are with our Creator, the more we will see Him at work in every area of our lives, and the more it all just seamlessly seems to come together. Through His strength, not ours.

Through Christ, there is always more.

 

Audrey Roloff

Audrey Roloff is passionate about motivating young women to always believe in the more that is within them through Christ. She spreads this mission through her clothing line Always More® Audrey is the co-author of A Love Letter Life: Pursue Creatively. Date Intentionally. Love Faithfully, with her husband Jeremy. The couple also hosts the top-rated Behind the Scenes podcast and you can see everything else they are up to at TheRoloffs.com

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