Sorry everyone for not doing a post last week but my Mother was taken to the emergency room because of horrible pain and throwing up and they found an obstruction in her intestine. She is doing better now but my week was taken up with trying to make sure she was okay and so my blog took the back burner! I also found out my Dad had stage 4 cancer and so it’s been a crazy week. It’s good to be back with you again. Hope you enjoy the post! #outwiththewashwednesday
I have a friend who started to change her life around. She has cut down her things to the bare necessities. She has begun to refocus on the things most important in her life. She has decided to focus more on God, and with less stuff she feels she can do that. Now she has moved into a tiny apartment, which fits her perfectly, and is really happy! We actually got to visit it recently, which was loads of fun!
What happened? What made her decide to go in this direction?
Something that seems to be spreading around the internet world like wildfire: Minimalism.
What is minimalism?
I had been a mixture of nervousness and excitement. Is it a good thing or a bad thing to be a minimalist? Do you really have to get rid of everything? As I dipped my toe into the idea of “minimalism” I wondered if it would benefit my life, my walk with God and my family.
Because when you think about it, are we glorifying God if we can’t take care of all the stuff we seem to own?
I have had this conversation with so many people. I am so overwhelmed by the chaos of stuff, papers, and homeschool books that seem to be just sitting around at times. I constantly feel like a failure because I never can get through it all (sometimes there are weeks where there are a massive amount of papers, or laundry, or even dishes I can’t seem to finish. I just can’t decide what I am suppose to do with some of them, and I wonder if this is all there is to life!). And when I talk to other moms, whether they homeschool or not, the topics that seem to come up all the time are the massive amounts of laundry or dishes we just can’t seem to get through. Do we really need all this STUFF?
How much of my stuff am I just idolizing without even realizing it? It may sound strange, but think about it. Is it taking away from the important people and things in our life? What should really be our priorities?
James Becker says in his book Clutterfree with kids, which I am still reading through, is that minimalism is
a lifestyle where people intentionally seek to live with only the things they really need…(there is) the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.
Living life with purpose, with intention, not distracted by the things around us…
Hmmm… Sounds like something I want. It is so counter-cultural in some ways but maybe the beginning of something more meaningful then I ever thought.
It doesn’t mean you don’t buy anything new, but that you are really wise and think through what you buy, see if you really need it, and get the most for your money. Focus on the important people and things in your life like God, your family, and reaching others and realize that relationships are more important than things.
Also, I really thought it was interesting in the book Minimalist, how they mention how you should focus on your passion and pretty much realize what your identity is. Knowing who we are, what we are passionate about and how we can contribute to the world is very important. I think the reason we feel the need to have all this stuff sometimes is because we don’t really know who we are or what we really want and so we keep collecting things that really don’t help us over-all.
As a Christian I realize my identity is in Christ. What does my stuff show me?
Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where they can be eaten by moths and get rusty, and where theives break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from theives. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21
When you figure out who you are in Christ you realize you don’t need stuff to make you happy or be content. You need Him. So far, this is something I have gleaned.
You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24c
Both the books above were amazing introductions to Minimalism. I think this may be something I may do because I really feel God wants me to do things well, not just adequately. I also believe He wants me to focus on His kingdom, the little people under me, and what He has called me to do. Hopefully I can put up future posts maybe once a month of how I have done just that.
Have you ever heard of Minimalism or been exposed to someone who calls themselves a Minimalist? What were your thoughts?
Be inspired today!