Minimalism is Good Theology

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One’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. – Luke 12:15

In 2009, my husband and I sold and gave away all 99% of our things. We wanted to travel abroad, and didn’t want to own more than we could carry.

It was liberating.

Stuff weighs you down – both physically and emotionally. Your things can easily become an anchor that chain you to a place. Since 2009, I’ve embraced minimalism. I buy what we need and occasionally what we want.

I don’t want things to occupy my time and energy. I try to keep my life as simplistic as possible – eliminating the chaos and rearranging priorities (and furniture) as needed.

It’s true that minimalism is ‘trendy’ but I’m attracted to the idea and values of minimalism because it resonates with me. Theologically speaking, we are called to a life of minimalism. We are told by Yeshua to be on guard against greed.

Greed tells us that we need more and more. Minimalism, on the other hand, says that we have enough. It’s refreshing when people simply enjoy and appreciate what they have instead of complaining until something better shows up. And the truth is, we don’t need that much. I learned in 2009 that all you really need is something to wear, something to eat, something to drink, and somewhere to sleep. Everything else is a luxury.

So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. – 1 Timothy 6:8


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