Monday, May 16, 2016

Minimalism and Christianity

I would like to start off by apologizing for not posting in a REALLY long time. Ironically enough, my last post was on "The cure for writers block", preceding a brain completely empty of ideas.

Lately, I've been exploring and pondering the idea of minimalism. In case you haven't heard of it, it is basically a growing trend based on the goal of owning the least amount of stuff possible - or at least seriously cutting back. 

Maybe you've heard of this idea. If so, you may think of the person fitting everything he owns in a backpack, or the couple limiting their belongings to one hundred items. Well, I found the concept to be very interesting, and I've recently been listening to videos by a particular minimalist that you may have heard of  - Joshua Becker.

One day Joshua Becker decided to clean out the garage. He asked his son to join him, and he gladly accepted the offer. But soon after they began, the son was reunited with toys he hadn't played with in months, so he decided he would rather play with his toys than continue with the garage. As his dad continued cleaning the garage, the son would occasionally ask him if he could play with him. But cleaning out the garage was a day-long project, so the dad didn't have time to play with his son. Long story short, the Becker family's journey to minimalism began that day.

But it wasn't the same journey others had taken. Fitting everything into a backpack or owning one hundred items wasn't going to work for an entire family. So Joshua Becker came up with their own definition of minimalism:

The intentional promotion of what we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.

That definition is pretty much quoting Scripture. As soon as I heard this, I immediately thought of the following Bible verse:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. 
Hebrews 12:1

What is God calling you to do that clutter is keeping you from? 

"Clutter" doesn't just refer to physical stuff around you. It can be cluttered time, a cluttered mind, or cluttered emotions - also referred to as baggage. Maybe your baggage is piled up so high that you can't even see your emotions. Whatever type of clutter it is, God is calling us to "Throw off everything that hinders" so we can run the race He is calling you to run.

It is so weird writing this post, being that I'm not at all a minimalist. This post is not to convince you to be one. It is for the sole purpose of living out Hebrews twelve in whatever way God is calling you. Now go run the race.

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