Becoming a Minimalist

Many of you (even those that know me pretty well) wouldn’t characterize me as a minimalist. I don’t have a modern-style home, my desk is sometimes pretty cluttered, and I tend to buy more stuff than I really need. Yet, I am becoming a minimalist. Minimalism as a philosophy has really stuck with me lately, and I am genuinely trying to apply it many areas of my life. A few things that I’ve been keeping in mind:

  • Minimalism isn’t necessarily about a chic decor or ridiculous extremes that limit you from living life to fullest. It’s about appreciating what you have and learning to identify what you really need.
  • Minimalism is a process. No one can just a flip a switch and become something they’re not. Minimalism is another part of life’s journey that I’m embarking on. I’m not the perfect minimalist, and I’ll never be the perfect minimalist, but I’m getting better at it, and I’m looking forward to where it takes me.
  • Minimalism has a spiritual component that is highly compatible with Christianity. In fact, my decision to intentionally pursue a simpler, more minimal life flows directly from my Christianity. I don’t want to be defined by materialism. I want to make time to sit in silence before God. I want to never lose sight of the “mere” basics: That we are saved by grace through faith in the resurrected Jesus, and that we are called to love God and love people. I want to make Proverbs 30:7-9 my prayer.

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4 thoughts on “Becoming a Minimalist

      1. Definitely.

        Granted, I didn’t say that much about your thoughts on minimalism, at least not directly. But it relates.

        You quote Proverbs 30:7-9 as your prayer. Consider the author of Proverbs, Solomon. He says, “Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?'” And yet, was there anyone richer than Solomon? And indeed, that opulence led him to decisions that led him away from the Lord. He married many women, including many foreign women—which the Lord had told Israel not to do, lest they lead them away from God to worship other gods. And sure enough, in 1 Kings 11, that’s exactly what happens with Solomon. He sets up idols and altars to the gods of his wives in the high places—altars which will not be torn down for generations. And as judgment, God tells him that part of the kingdom will be torn away from him, and Jeroboam is raised up. Jeroboam fails, but when Solomon dies and Rehoboam succeeds him, Jeroboam comes back, and this time he succeeds, and the kingdom is split. And the northern kingdom is ultimately lost, as they’re taken into exile by the Assyrians, dispersed, and cease to exist.

        How can that context not be a powerful commentary on the passage from Proverbs that you cited, which Solomon himself wrote?

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