I consider myself pretty simple, and easy going, but after some self evaluation, I realize I may not have been as simple as I thought. I heard of minimalism sometime last year but I didn’t look into it until this past week or so and why not blog about it. But in all seriousness, based on the meaning of minimalism, I am curious to live that lifestyle or at least consider some of the ideas behind this movement. And of course as a believer I wanted to make sure this new lifestyle doesn’t contradict my faith and the bible. So let’s take a look on what it means to live a minimalist lifestyle and the ideas behind minimalism.
A minimalist is person who likes to keep things simple in all aspect of their lives. According to https://www.moneyunder30.com/minimalist-living “Minimalism is all about living with less. This includes less financial burdens such as debt and unnecessary expenses. … For many minimalists, the philosophy is about getting rid of excess stuff and living life based on experiences rather than worldly possessions.” Sound pretty cool right! I mean who does not want unnecessary expenses, and living a debt free life. So I did the next best thing, I YouTube it and I found tons of information on how to start my journey. Check it out!
My Journey so far….
The first thing I realize is that, I did not have a simple lifestyle at home, my home was cluttered, started from my kitchen to my wardrobes, and other materialistic things. I realize I purchased things out of impulse, assuming that it would make me happy, or change what I feel inside, but it only left me with a crowded closet, and overload of unused products.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:19 to not store up treasure on earth, but instead to store your treasure in heaven, why? Because treasure on earth can be destroyed, gone and stolen by thieves. After some deep conversations with myself, I realize I was storing treasure on earth such as my clothes, shoes and beauty products. I mean who needs 10 pair of jeans, 3 sets of makeup brushes, and 6 beauty blenders.
All these things did not add anything in my life, but it did take away my money, space and time. Please understand I am not against of having a few pair of jeans or makeup because I do still have those things, but now I don’t put them on a high pedestal and I definitely prefer quality over quantity.
Contentment with less
Here comes that word again creeping at my door, making me question the type of relationship I have with my clothes, asking myself weird question but not so weird, like does my clothes own me or do I own them. Before the transition, I took a look at my closet, suddenly I’ve had anxiety and I didn’t even know I had anxiety 😅. My shoe rack was falling apart because it was overloaded with shoes and dresses that’s been on the hanger for too long.
My impulsive shopping and my ” self-care” routine was the reason behind these things mention above. My routine decisions led me to become a hoarder, lover of unnecessary things and unhappy. As I decluttered my closet, I am reminded that I brought nothing into this world, and I will leave with nothing so if I have food and clothing, I should be content with that. Well, you might say, there’s nothing wrong with having things, which is true but when your value is based on having things and these things becomes your comfort and happiness then there’s a problem.
Minimalism is not Christianity
The Bible does not mention minimalism but it does emphasis on living a simple and full life. Jesus spoke on people selling their possessions, to give to the poor and to follow him. One can argue, I don’t have a lot of things, I am not rich but living a simple lifestyle have nothing to do with being poor or rich. It simply means you are content with living with less, not depending on things to make you happy. If you take the time to look you will find that you have more than you think. To conclude, I chose to start living a minimalist lifestyle to help me focus on relationships and not materialism, and to create an stress-free environment for my family. Do I still own stuff, absolutely, but they no longer own me. Check out my pictures goal for our home.
have you consider living a minimalist lifestyle? comment below.