And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.Luke 12:15
The past few years I’ve been living as a minimalist. Not because it’s a trendy thing to do, but because it deeply resonates with what I believe in Christ and the man I want to be. Since I’ve gone through the decluttering process and given away or sold or thrown away things I don’t need, it’s almost as if I’m floating on air in this area of my life. I love the freedom that being a minimalist brings. I’m not a slave to consumerism. I rarely buy things other than food and necessities. My life is not found in stuff or things, but in the Word of God, my rock and my fortress.
Someday soon I will die or Christ will return. I don’t want to be foolish in how I live. I want to die to myself and follow Christ. Christ was a minimalist when He was on earth. He was too busy living for God to be concerned with accumulating physical possessions on earth. That’s how I wish to live my life, being heavenly minded and in love with God and people. May God grant me my heart’s desire as I seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.
So, I made a list of what I physically own. This list is a bit arbitrary in how I count my things, but it will give you a ballpark idea of what I own. Some people own less than this, some own more. I’m a single man so I don’t have the needs a family might. I post this list, not to brag about how minimal I am, but to hopefully inspire people to do away with stuff in their lives. I believe there is much gain in living this way. It’s a mindset to clear oneself of all distractions so that he may focus on what really matters in life, Jesus and His Word.
Sansa MP3 player with USB cable
Dell Latitude E4200 laptop with Windows 7 and power cord
Panasonic home phone
Wireless router/modem (rented)
Chair (Recliner that no longer reclines)
Queen sized bed
2004 Pontiac Aztek (car)
Small Hair Trimmer
African Cell Phone with charger
2 baseball caps
5 pairs underwear
1 pair brown socks
icebreaker moreno wool black long sleeved shirt with stripes
black dress pants
2 collared dress shirts
small container with old documents
Adidas fitfoam sandals
Italian dress shoes (black)
Large grocery bag reuseable
Tire pump for car
Book – The Fasting Prayer by Franklin Hall
DVD Collection – 5 Kendrick Brothers Christian movies
So that’s it. I may have missed a few things, but I’m not seeking to be exhaustive. Try living light in natural things and you may find yourself becoming more spiritual. As you focus on God and His Word may you devote yourself wholly to Him. Glory to God!