What it means to me: faith
About a year ago, I watched a documentary called “Minimalism”. I believe you can still find it on Netflix. It’s about a couple of guys who shrank their earthly possessions down to the absolute bare essentials. I mean bare bones. Three outfits. Two pairs of shoes. One plate. One fork.
While this lifestyle is extreme, there is a lot to be said for getting rid of clutter. I spent this last weekend shrinking my collection of “stuff” in my apartment. How do I collect so much crap? The funny thing is, I do this a couple of times a year. And still I can fill up 4 trash bags with things to be thrown out or donated.
Yes, I can give you the easy words about merits of decluttering your life. How it opens your creativity and expands your confidence. I can tell you that you will have more peace, if your life is not a jumbled, chaotic mess. And that would be true.
But today I want to offer a different idea. I took a hard look at the things being purged this time and I realized that throwing out the clutter is about faith.
When I thought about the items being thrown away, they all fell into the category of “I might need this one day.” This is the opposite of faith. Do I really believe that I am going to be in such a bad situation that I’m going to need a ten-year-old set of threadbare sheets? Do I need to save every gift bag, in case one day I may need to reuse it?
Let me be clear. I am grateful for everything I have been given. I can easily remember the days of not having the things I needed. But I cannot allow the past to poison my present with a fear of lack. Holding onto a bunch of stuff in order to hedge against future poverty is a terrible idea. I would rather get rid of everything and have a secure belief that I will always have everything I need.
To live an abundant life means to allow abundance and blessing to flow through me. Faith says that I will be provided for every day of my life. I don’t need to hang onto anything that can rot, rust, or be stolen.
Takeaway: The only things that are really important are the things that move me forward. These are things like: Love, family, faithful friends, my spiritual path, and my gifts. I am secure in the knowledge that what I need will be provided for. My greatest security comes from the things I can’t see.
Today’s goal: Today I will notice how faith allows me to let go, and how fear makes me hold on.
Affirmation to go: Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Col. 3:2