MINIMALISM and being content; by David Annecharico (TJC Board)
This week, we talked about gratitude and contentment – the energy of contentment in God and in our lives – how it flows to other domains and can be a stronghold of good.
Yet, pretty much every goal meets with some resistance, doesn’t it? Whether it’s waking up, going to work, or finding happiness and contentment.
You will definitely benefit from a strategy. In fact, you’ll need one.
The enemy has strategies. Maybe we should consider lessening the drag of the world-system in our lives.
Let’s consider Minimalism: Read the Minimalism FAQ’s:
Part of finding contentment may very well involve seeking ways to “live simply without too many unnecessary possessions, distractions, clutter, or waste…to live frugally, debt-free, sustainably, naturally.” What do you think?
There’s nothing wrong with owning possessions, but consider minimalism as a path to freedom from worry.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31 NIV
What do you REALLY need? You should go through your stuff. Give it to people who need it.
How many pots and pans? How much clothing, doo-dads, and other junk?
One day, I opened my cabinet for a glass – my favorite glass – the one I use. Three rows back were cups that I’ve never touched. They were stuck to the shelf. We gave them cups away. I still have my glass and enough for a visit by friends or family.
For some, possessions possess them. But…I’ve yet to see a hearse with a Uhaul behind it.
I’m not talking about living like a monk. I’m talking about LESS – whatever that might mean for you — less clothes – less stuff – less _____________ (what does the Holy Spirit tell you?)
“Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” Luke 12:24 NIV
(Clarification – there is an exemption for ammo)
“Going the distance”