The Road to Simplicity

Sometime last year, I stumbled upon a blog (via Facebook) called “Becoming Minimalist.” It interested me immediately, as I’d begun to re-think attachment to (and sheer volume of) STUFF in our home.  On my old blog, I described the beginnings of this journey and how important a global worldview has become to keep me grounded and humble in this blessed life I’m living.

Now, I’m intent on turning this into a major life change.  I want to live a simpler life, less attached to stuff.   I want Jesus in my life to be more than a means to getting what I want; that my relationship with Him would be my main source of security.  I want to be overflowing with joy and thankfulness for what He has blessed us with.  I want to be a good steward of stuff.  Letting go, yet graciously accepting.  Relying less on money and things, but thoughtfully caring for the money and things we find in our hands. Humbly receiving, expressing gratitude and pouring out.  Recognizing the beauty all around us every day and viewing those things as God’s love notes to us.  Being content.  Living life to the fullest.  This is where I hope to find the most real Jesus experiences of my life.

Love the giver more than the gift
Photo: Manhattan Beach, California

So I’ve been thinking about what I can do to move in that general direction. Reading about minimalism has been inspiring to say the least, and I definitely have a desire in my heart for that brand of drastic simplicity.  I always watch Tiny House Hunters when it comes on and have a lot of respect for the people who want to live in one. Realistically, I don’t think I’ll ever want to live in a 250 sq ft box on wheels, but I’ve learned never to say never!  God has changed my mind and heart on things in an instant, and I intend to stay open to ALL possibilities. Bottom line: I’m still learning what my life would look like in it’s simplest form.

This blog is meant to be a bit of a walk through this journey.  I am excited about the progress I’ve already made de-cluttering, and the surprising things I’ve learned in the process.  I’m also sobered by the ugliness I’ve confronted in myself already.  But I can’t wait to see where God leads my heart through all of this.  So follow along, and I hope something here will inspire someone out there!

 

S

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