As a homeschooling mum I know what it is to overload. I tend towards overloading on curriculum, on resources and the time in the day. The problem is that I can feel like we have to cover so much material in a limited amount of time so that there is a danger we can end up surveying many things and mastering nothing. Essentially our education can become wide and varied, but with little depth.
We can experience this dilemma in every area of our life; in our relationships with God and others, our education, experiences and our life in general. We can go through life experiencing things hit and miss, never really discovering our passions, abilities and the depth of wonder around us, and in God the creator of it all because we lack the time and commitment to go deeper.
Perhaps instead we could take the principle of focusing on just a few really good things and then seek to know and experience them well. As the Latin maxim says, “true breadth is achieved through depth”. Much like when you travel to a different country and instead of trying to see and experience everything, you only choose a few places and see them well. This strategy is, I think far better than attempting to see everything at once, and becoming so exhausted that each place you visit just blurs into another so that you can’t really remember anything in particular when you return home.
Seeking depth means we lighten the load; we make our life simpler and less complicated; we choose to focus on those things that are truely worth our time and effort. We choose less, so that we might go deeper!
Today, examine your life and assess whether you are just skimming the surface in your relationships, your pursuit of Jesus, of His Word and His kingdom? Are you merely paddling around in the shallows in your education and the exploring of the world around you, never really being inspired or excited by what you see because there is no depth to your discoveries.
The choice is ours everyday whether we come out of the shallows, in order to dive in deep. To expect and pray as Paul prayed when talking about going deeper in God – “so that I may know Him (Jesus) ( becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely and in that same way experience the power of His resurrection which overflows and is active in believers”. (Philippians 3:9-10 AMP)
Prayer: Lord please help me to prioritise those relationships and pursuits that are worth going deeper in. Most of all help me to go deeper in you so that I might know you more and the wonders of who you are more fully. I want to come out of the shallows and dive in deep. In Jesus name Amen