“The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. In its stead are programs, methods, organizations and a world of nervous activities which occupy attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart.” ~ A.W. Tozer
Why all the fuss? Why all this minimalism talk? It feels like a fad… less this, less that, tiny houses, capsule wardrobes. What’s the big deal? I can see people pleading with those of us who promote minimalism to stop shoving it in their face. But you see, many of us simply cannot stop. And here’s why:
Call it what you want, minimalism isn’t a fad. It’s not really even a lifestyle. It’s a small puzzle piece to a larger picture of a fulfilling LIFE. It’s doing our best to lay aside our ego (the one that says feed me! Clothe me! Entertain me! I want more, more, more!). Because even us minimalists struggle daily with wanting more – we’re human too.
The truth is: Refusing to succumb to our ego’s momentary desires is where we can find God.
I say “can” because we must choose to do so.
Remember how Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights? It wasn’t because his body didn’t need or want things – he was human flesh. It’s because he wanted to focus on his Father.
This specific testing time also prepared Him for the three-year ministry that would change the world.
So, to me, it’s a relatively simple concept. It’s not bragging or telling others how to live, it’s obeying God and helping show others how glorifying it can be to turn away from these false idols.
Keep in mind, again, I’m human and I struggle daily with distractions. And buying a coffee mug after you break your favorite one or buying that cute dress because you have a wedding to go to doesn’t make you a non-minimalist. (They’re just called first-world problems!) But no one’s doomed just because we live in a modern world.
The root issue is the habit of trying to fill our heart with things we literally don’t need instead of purposefully turning the other way knowing they won’t do the job.
And I’m here to spread the news that simplifying life gives us time and space needed in our busy world to seek and follow God – the truest and purest form of Life and the only way to “fill our heart.”
“Men have now by nature no peace within their hearts, for God is crowned there no longer, but there is moral dusk stubborn and aggressive usurpers fight among themselves for first place on the throne.” ~ A.W. Tozer
You see, minimalism wasn’t a movement 2000 years ago, it was just a way of life.
But human nature in and of itself created distractions so now our vision of eternal life remains foggy and distant, doesn’t it? And yet, we are closer to end times than we’ve ever been!
So if you want to boil this whole minimalism thing down; we proponents just want you to see how elated and magical your life feels after you clear your head, home and heart of all the unnecessary stuff so you can really focus on Him and WHY you’re placed on this earth.
So now I challenge you. When do you plan to break these chains? In a month? In a year? When you retire? Or will your life end before you get the chance?
Because in my humble opinion, simplifying your life shouldn’t be an “if.”
It should be a “when.”
Luke 14:25-27 tells us, many people were traveling with Jesus and he said to them, “If you come to me but will not leave your family, you cannot be my follower. You must love me more than your father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters—even more than your own life! Whoever will not carry the cross that is given to them when they follow me cannot be my follower.'”
You see, minimalism is not WHAT we’re giving up, it’s WHO we’re letting in.