One thing minimalism (or living with less) has taught me was how to reconnect with timeless methods of stealing time to myself – away from modern distractions.
If you read my Mental Minimalism article, you’ll find this radical lifestyle calls us to question how we train our minds to grow in the quiet and stop being so fragmented, and dare I say reckless, in the days an online world beckons our attention 24/7.
Minimalism has gifted those of us who follow its treasure map a way to reconnect with life itself – one where we step back, question, ponder and find truths once hidden by our distraction.
But even those of us who practice minimalism still get caught up in the momentum this shiny new life with limitless opportunities has to offer. For many of us, it’s more time and thus, more time to spend in areas like social media.
Maybe we just have fun scrolling and liking. Liking and scrolling. Maybe we like the news articles or the millions of opinions floating around online. Some of us are maybe worried about what to post, when to post or what others may think of us in the social media realm.
In this case, we may want to readjust how we view life itself.
I’ve been there… none of us are immune. Even the people with heartfelt messages, TV shows, books and sermons fall down this slippery slope.
Social media attracts us all.
Surely it’s not just me who reads an amazing line from a book or an article in a magazine and instantly want to jump on my phone to research what others have said, the hashtags and photos behind it and the people who wrote it?
I’ve developed some amazing relationships through social media – so it’s not all bad. But if we understand it’s simply a tool for communicating that will eventually fade away in the future like everything else – maybe its grasp and allure won’t be so strong?
I pray more of us realize what lays outside of social media’s rabbit hole offers exponentially more adventure, more truth, more reality and life.
We could also realize this internal battle doesn’t have to be one.
Social media can fall under the “chore” scenario for many of us who work to build businesses, brands and get our message out in the world. This, in turn, creates the “need” to constantly be using social media to engage others.
But my heart saddens when I look into the future (because it’s my super power) and realize social media’s dazzle, and the Internet, will fade away some day and what really matters is loving those in front of us and those who need it the most.
Regarding how Jesus answers Mary and Martha, “This was not a lecture. It was much more than that. The God of mercy met Martha in her weakness and offered her the cure for her weary heart.
“Martha had allowed the urgent temporary tasks to distract her from the glory of eternal truths. She missed the significance of the invitation to sit at the feet of Jesus and experience His nearness. Martha’s acts of service had become more about her efforts than loving the one she served.”*
Minimalists too can become easily distracted from the truth we seek. In an effort to purge and declutter we often miss the bigger picture: to love God, our family and others in the process.
Maybe this means for each item we purge we pause and thank the Lord for gifting it to us in the first place? Maybe it’s actually keeping something around that bothers you but brings joy to your child instead of donating it before he or she is ready?
Likewise, many of us are so focused on the urgency of the temporary (whether it be purging or social media) that we heedlessly lose sight of why we craved and thus created more space for ourselves in the first place.
So going back to stealing (or rather, taking back) time to ourselves, we should be using the time we so desperately need in the first place to pray, ponder, study the word and humbly sit and listen at the feet of our God.
It’s when we turn our attention outwards – to the things that consumes us and satiates our immediate desires, that we miss the bigger picture of why we felt called to be agents of minimalism in the first place.
“We are all Martha’s at times. Driven by expectations and prone to empty pursuits, we struggle to sit still long enough to let truth take root in our hearts. When we are distracted by our to do lists and striving, may we remember there is only one cure for our weary hearts: the power of Jesus’ presence.
“Let’s rest at His feet today.”*
*Resource: She Reads Truth Bible notes