We watched Minimalism on Netflix last night. It was a documentary about living only with the things that you need. It’s about getting rid of life’s excess in order for you to focus on what really matters.
I intended to watch it with Artis, my husband, so I could get rid of all his clutter. It backfired so quick that halfway through it, I was itching to go to my closet and was checking where to donate clothes I no longer need and use, and Artis was dozing off.
We are all trapped in a bubble where we think that buying a certain product can make us happy. There’s nothing wrong with owning material possessions but did you really need to buy two shirts of the same kind in the same color? Sorry, I was asking myself. The answer is no. I didn’t need to but I did. Why? So I could have a back up. Do I still use either shirt now? No, I stopped using them both but they’re still in my closet, taking up space.
I’ve always been proud of how I’m able to control my shopping urges, compared with my mom and my sisters, who seem to be missing the word control from their vocabulary. They might as well open their own boutiques because that’s what all their closets look like. I’m not even exaggerating. I, on the other hand, have always been simple. Okay fine, I’ve always chosen food over clothes but that’s not the point. The point is, as simple as I thought I was, I still have a lot of things that I didn’t really need to buy but somehow, they all found their way here from malls, shops, and online stores. How did that happen?
These things that we take pride in, they take away our focus from what’s really important. That phone on your hand, made you miss a moment with your loved one. The money you spent to buy another white pair of shoes could have gone to your savings for your own place or to a business investment. That extra car adds to the heavy traffic, and carbon monoxide that fills people’s lungs.
What I realized is that, it’s not bad to have any of those things but it can’t be the worst idea in the world to have a pragmatic approach before buying anything. Anytime you feel the compulsion to purchase something, ask yourself, “how will this add value to my life?”
God didn’t say that we shouldn’t have all of these things. Au contraire, He gave us the ability to create wealth. He allowed us to have what we have but we need to be good stewards of everything He entrusts us with.
I’m not sure where to start and how to begin this lifestyle change. I know I’m not going to follow minimalism in every sense of the word but I’ll definitely start being intentional about where my attention, focus, stress, effort, space, time, money, etc. go to. I’ve already wasted so much.
Please pray for strength and willpower for me! I’m starting with my shoes and then my makeup. *Cue Psycho music theme.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:19-21 ESV
And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
Luke 12:15 ESV