If you haven’t been talking to me, you probably haven’t heard what I’ve dived into this year — minimalism. My roommate and I have been downsizing our things, getting rid of unnecessary objects, living with less, and finding more freedom. :)
For me it’s been an identity check. I’ve been getting rid of mostly DVD’s, books, and clothes, and I’ve been catching myself wanting to be tied to those things. We as sinful human beings CRAVE ownership. We want to feel “in control”, yet life is so much more than owning and controlling material things. Let me ask this – what kind of person would you be without all of your possessions? Yes – your car, your phone, your dvd collection, your books, your favorite items, your favorite clothes? I’m not saying you should get rid of all of your favorite things, but at least – check your heart. What do you treasure?
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” ~ Mathew 6:19-21
Practically, what does this look like for my roommate and I and what could it look like for you:
My roommate and I’s goal for the amount of stuff we have is to be able to fit everything in a car, so when moving comes, it’s a breeze. Who likes moving boxes of things that never get touched anyway? More stress and less time – no thanks. Beds and furniture – that’s another story.
So far, I’ve done a rough estimate of how many things I have. I think it’s under 300 items. I’m hoping to get it lower. :) Talk about less stress, less cleaning, less looking for things, and more time for the things that matter!
Remember, this may not be easy for most. It takes time, thought, prayer, and discipline. Also know that I don’t expect everyone to live like this. However I do think there are some very weighty things that all of us should think about and consider when it comes to how we live.
The flip side of minimalism is this – don’t let it become your idol. “The central point for the discipline of simplicity is to seek the kingdom of God and the righteousness of His kingdom first–and then everything necessary will come in it’s proper order.” ~ Richard Foster (“Celebration of Discipline”)
May we fix our eyes on Jesus more and more, so that the things of this world become less and less.