I recently heard this idea that taking more than we need is actually greed. Like all of you, we have been dealing with Covid for the past year. During this time we have chosen to stock up on essential items as they become available. Sure in some ways that can be good because we are planning ahead, and also paying a lower price than when things are out of stock and selling for a much higher price. Here’s the thing though, as a Christian, I believe that God will take care of me.
In Matthew 6:26 He puts it this way “Look at the birds of the air; They do now sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” In a world where we have so much, are we becoming greedy and storing things away for ourselves? When we turn our eyes on the truth, we can see that our hoarding tendencies are not of God. As a christian minimalist I have to trust that God will take care of my needs. It is easy to fall into this idea that we need to stock up on every sale and buy more than we need. The world is telling us daily that we need more. Instead of taking more than we need what if we chose to trust that our needs will be met?
When we focus on that truth, we can identify the lies. For example, we are inadequate when we don’t have what advertisers tell us we need. We actually feel deeply hurt by this. We start to doubt our abilities, our identities and so much more. Start to question why you feel you need certain things. Is it only because someone has told you that you need it? Will it actually make your life better? We buy so many gadgets to make our lives simpler, when if we look to the truth, we see that simplifying happens when we choose to have less.
So how do we get to a place where we can trust and not hoard.
- Start eating what you have and don’t buy more. If you have a stockpile of food in your basement, that’s okay, but start eating it so it doesn’t become waste.
- Only buy what you need when you run out. We don’t need to all hoard toilet paper, buy what you will need for the time, and leave the rest. Same goes for food, shampoo, toys, or anything else you normally buy extra of.
- Don’t impulse buy. Just because advertisers tell you, you need this, doesn’t mean you do. Don’t shop for hobby. Instead be a conscious consumer.
- Find a hobby and spend time doing it. Instead of filling your days will worry, self doubt, and consumerism, find something you enjoy doing and make time for it.
Our time is a valuable commodity. When we waste our time on worry, buying more than we need, or working harder and longer to pay for all the things we are told we need, we are not being good stewards of what God has gifted us. Wouldn’t you rather spend your valuable time doing what you love?
So now that you have chosen to take the leap and become a minimalist, what are you going to do with all the new time you have? Join me tomorrow as we discuss ways to fill your time, that will give you life, energy, and joy!
Live Simply Friends,