October 5, 2008
July 18, 2008
over the past 45 days since we intentionally decided to become minimalist, i have had scores of conversations with people about our decision. and it usually happens the same way…
my wife and i are sitting at a table with a group of people when one of our friends will say, “joshua, you should tell so-and-so about your minimalism decision.” i am usually reluctant, but often oblige when so-and-so reiterates the question. i try to begin as close to the beginning as possible (read it here) and take them through our journey while the parties ask questions along the way. somewhere about half-way through, i inevitably find agreement on the part of the listeners.
typically, they will respond with statements like, “i have so much stuff that i need to get rid of too,” or “you should see my basement, it’s a disaster,” or my favorite, “i can’t wait to get home and start throwing things away.” a smaller percentage will email or post a comment the following day journaling the boxes of junk or bags of clothes that they have removed from their lives.
the attractiveness of minimalism (to date, only two men have outright determined that they would never get rid of their stuff) seems so universal that i can’t help think that this is the way life is meant to be lived and when a soul hears the invitation, it responds favorably. we were never meant to live life accumulating stuff. we were meant to live simply enjoying the experiences of life, the people of life, and the God of life – not the things of life. i just wish it hadn’t taken me 33 years to figure that out.
June 23, 2008
total obedience is possible only when God has our supreme allegiance. today we need to hear again that God alone is worthy of our worship and obedience. the idolatry of affluence is rampant. our greed for more dictates so many of our decisions.
the ten commandments begin with three staccato warnings against idolatry. and the fourth commandment of the sabbath rest strikes at the heart of this everlasting itch to get ahead. we find it so very hard to rest when, by working, we can get the jump on everyone else. there is no greater freedom to lay down the heavy burden of getting ahead.
June 1, 2008
although i get a little nervous saying this, this path to become minimalist has become a spiritual journey for me. i get nervous about that because i realize that this ups the anty in my journey. before it was just about deliberating getting organized and choosing a new design style for my home. but now it’s about living a life that is honoring to the God who created me. choosing a design style, i’m okay if i screw that up. but not honoring God with my life, that’s a mistake i want to stay away from…
dallas willard defined discipleship this way, “trying to live your life the way Jesus would live your life.” i really like that. it’s a helpful thought for me. i don’t have to try and relive Jesus’ life exactly how he lived it – He already lived that life. instead, i need to take the life that God has given to me and ask the question, “how would Jesus live it if he were living my life?” with that in mind, i look around my home and wonder, “is this what Jesus’s house would look like if he were living my life? would his closet look this full? would his kitchen have this many gadgets? would he have spent as much on home furnishings and decorations as i have?” most of the time, i answer in the negative.
it seems to me the minimalist life is more in-tune with the life that Jesus would live. and therefore, this journey has become very spiritual for me and that makes me excited and nervous.