The short answer is, some of us can’t tolerate the idea of clutter.
But clutter-free is idealistic. Reality is different.
Entropy works against us consistently, creating disorder and chaos. That’s the way of the universe now (after the Fall).
Nobody actually wants clutter. We don’t set our new year’s resolution to live a more cluttered life.
However, if we’re not intentional about what we allow to remain in our life, we end up with unintentional objects, relationships, and achievements.
And who wants that? It’s human nature to desire a meaningful life.
It’s easy to be fooled, though. Worldly possessions can’t fill the void within our hearts, which desire and long for more.
Because things are just things — neither good nor bad. They can make us happy for a while, but that kind of happiness never lasts.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”Matthew 6:19-21
“Jesus taught about minimalism in regard to our possessions and money. He asked us not to sacrifice, but just to be more focused on the things that matter,” says Joshua Becker.
Jesus doesn’t want our lives to be miserable — quite the opposite.
He created life for us to have it abundantly! And He gives us age-old wisdom on how to do so.
Set your eyes not on the perishable things of the world. Treasures of true value are eternal.
Where are you storing up your treasures? In your resume, your house, or social media?
Where do you place your hope? In the pursuit of career paths, approval, and social mobility?
In the end, do you think that will matter? Or did it just get in the way of seeking more?
I believe that each of us is called to live for a higher purpose.
So, at its core, I don’t think that minimalism and decluttering are about the things at all.
It’s about where our hearts are at. What do you value? Do you want to have the freedom to pursue that?
If you do, be intentional about what you keep for an abundant life. Get rid of the things that hold you back. Reclaim your time and resources.
That’s what Jesus wants for us.
Pour into the people you love, what sets your heart on fire, and life itself.
A ‘Lil Teaser
That’s the end of this post, folks!
There will definitely be more to come! Not only about minimalism and Christian minimalism, but also sustainability, zero-waste living, slow living, and environmentalism, which has always been a quiet passion of mine, now stirred to life this recent season.
In my last post, I announced that I’m becoming a minimalist, but the journey started a while before that. Today I am happy to share more about the heart behind some changes which have already happened, and those which are to come.
Thanks for reading!