While I haven’t shared much about it here yet, we have been on a journey to a more minimalistic lifestyle. We’ve started with turning to minimalistic wardrobes and slowly getting rid of toys that the boys just don’t play with, and I’m hoping to share more about that over the next couple of months. Today, I’m excited to have Kayla from The Accidental Nomad Life Blog here with us, talking about the topic of minimalism and sharing how living a minimalistic lifestyle glorifies God.
I LOVE the show Hoarders. Gross, I know…a strange show to love (but seriously, I was super bummed when they took it off of Netflix…). Why?
Because I have hoarding tendencies.
When my husband and I first got married, I kept EVERYTHING…our house was disastrous and I just kept buying more. I love a good garage sale…
So why did that make me love Hoarders?
I began recognizing that I *might* have a problem that needed to be addressed. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t crazy, obsessive about any one thing like many of them are, and I definitely threw my garbage away and kept feces off the floor. But I had my share of stacks, piles to work around to find a chair or a table…It runs in my family.
So while I would watch Hoarders, it would encourage me to re-evaluate why I was purchasing things and what did I have at home that I could get rid of.
You might be chuckling and confused right now because this post is supposed to be about how leading a minimalistic life brings glory to Jesus and so far all I’ve talked about is a creepy TV show and my junk obsession…
But it took me quite a while to come to terms with getting rid of things and realizing how decluttering really can bring glory to God.
How living a minimalistic lifestyle glorifies God.
Over the last 8 years that my husband and I have been married, we have moved 4 times.
That’s a lot of boxing and unboxing to do.
With each move, I realized more and more how little we needed certain things that hadn’t been touched since we moved in, or maybe there was an entire box that I had never unpacked.
As I began getting rid of things (which is STILL hard for me to do) my stress level dropped, my anxiety decreased , and I began to feel more peaceful at home.
I have to say that I’m sure God intended for me to live life more like that than surrounded by piles, unused items, and mentally in turmoil because I can’t move in my own house (ok, it’s never been THAT bad, but you get the idea at least!).
Each move has made me more and more aware of how unnecessary so many things in our Western Culture are. How blessed we are to have the opportunity to have so much excess.How little the things of this earth mean in light of eternity...how living a minimalistic… Click To Tweet
I am also reminded of how little the things of this earth mean in light of eternity.
We have lost our home and our car at one point and while those are devastating and scary, in the end they are meaningless. We still had our family together, we haven’t experienced death or disease, we are so blessed to have so much, regardless of what’s in our name.
This song comes to my mind so often when I think of all of the “things” that I want, or have, or miss having, etc…
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s a light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conquerors we are!
His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!
Words & Music: Helen H. Lemmel, 1922
I think so often about this passage:
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
And THAT is where I believe minimalism is so glorifying to God.
While I still don’t consider myself a Minimalist by title, I am enjoying working towards minimalizing the way that we live and I applaud all those that do live minimalistic lives! What you are doing is good, it’s good to teach our children the meaninglessness of things here and to raise their eyes to heaven instead of shelves.
Kayla has been married to her husband, Andrew, for almost 8 years. They have three boys – 6, 4 & 2 and a new baby due in June. They have moved four times over the course of their marriage which is where the title of Kayla’s blog, the Accidental Nomad Life sprung from. Kayla blogs frequently as her stay-at-home job; she loves photography, graphic design, and anything crafty and DIY. Kayla has a heart for sharing her story and encouraging people – making the social media life less perfect.
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