I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:11-13).
Minimalism revolves around less of everything. Possessions, people, distractions, feelings, and desires. The point of minimalism is to focus and live off of what is truly essential and necessary.
I’m not one to easily attach to materialism; however, I recently experienced extreme misery when deciding to cut down on shoes. About three years ago, my mother got me a pair of oxfords I wore every single day… up until two days ago.
The poor things were stained and the leather had holes in them, so in order for me to give them up, I decided to pour soda on them and dispose of them (leaving me with 3 pairs: running shoes, sandals, flats).
Soda. I know, what was I thinking?
The point is, you don’t need those shoes, you don’t need those people in your life that constantly bring you down, and you don’t need Netflix (most of the time, I’m still coping). The secret of living does not lie in possessions, it does not lie in what you do not have.
The secret of living lies in what you do have and being content with it. It focuses on quality and not quantity. It focuses on the things you cannot see rather than the ones you can.
For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
Focus on pleasing God with every thought, every word, and every action. You will not only be rewarded, but you will cease to reward yourself with earthly possessions. Paul was a minimalist 😉