As I have delved a bit deeper into this idea of minimalism I have discovered that to some extent minimalism is for each and every one of us. Young and old. Rich and poor. Bicyclists and bankers. Piano teachers and plumbers. 🙂 Let me explain why.
But first, let’s talk about what minimalism is. Like many modern concepts, it can mean different things to different people, but the general idea lines up with Joshua Becker’s definition in his book, The More of Less:
“Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from them. It’s for everyone who wants more out of less.”
Ah, doesn’t that sound wonderful? Who doesn’t want to get rid of distractions and really give time to the things they value? Who doesn’t want more out of less?! At it’s core, I’d say minimalism is about living an intentional life. And an intentional life is a joyful life.
This was all new to me. I really did think it was just for those selling all but a few of their possessions and moving into as tiny of house as possible. And since I’m an introvert and enjoy alone time, it simply wasn’t on my radar to move my family of 4 into a sardine can. Just a little too much noise for me and not enough air. So, I did what most people probably do and passed right over it without giving it a thought. But when God kindly got my attention, I realized it’s not just for a handful of radical folks who have this desire to try living out of a thimble, but it has something to offer each one of us! The crazy thing is the more I read about it, the more I see it so fitting with Scripture and God’s design for us as Christ followers. Consider Hebrews 12:1:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance (useless addition or load) and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us.”
Throwing off every encumbrance is a way of minimizing, isn’t it? Don’t we all just get bogged down by all the encumbrances of life? And don’t those useless loads distract us from intentionally promoting the things we most value?
If that sounds like you, I’d love for you to join me (an amateur minimalist) in learning to live a more intentional life.
Of course there’s a LOT more to minimalism than just weeding stuff out. If you want some practical help living an intentional life, I’d encourage you to head for the library or puruse the internet for more on this topic of minimalism. I think you’ll be encouraged and hopefully join me in throwing off every encumbrance in order to focus on all that God has called us to, both as individuals and as his Church.
Finding joy in the journey,