It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog. For many months, I’ve taken time to unwind, find ways to serve others offline, and most of all declutter. I do it every 6 months. It’s been a wonderful journey. Today I wanted to share something that’s been on my heart and that I have put in to practice for years.
We live in a society that loves to buy things, not only because we need it, but also because it’s on sale. If you take a look around your home, is it filled with things everywhere? Things you have not touched in 3 months? What exactly is wrong with this picture? See, our home is filled with useless things and then complain about spending all our time after work to clean it. Less time for family. Less time to do the things we enjoy most.
What if we went from less stuff to more of Jesus? Only Jesus can fill our void. Only he can fill our discontented heart. What if we purposefully decided to live a life that honors God and our family? What if we decided to steward the things we already have instead of wanting more. What a tremendous way to live, right? Have no fear, I have some suggestions!
- Buy less things. Buy only what you need. Go for quality rather than quantity. You don’t need 10 shirts. You need 3 quality shirts that can be paired with quality jeans.
- A discontent heart does not need more things. Discontentment is not a good reason to go shopping to buy things you don’t need in the first place. We’re misplacing our values and priorities here. Sell things around the home. Get rid of clutter. And how about we serve someone in need. Help a widow. Cook a meal for a busy or sick friend. Find ways to serve and be a blessing. There’s much more fulfillment in doing these things.
- Keep it simple. Less is more. Less to clean. More time to serve and do the things God has called us to do. Also, you get more time with family and friends. Is this not the abundance of life?
- More Jesus. In a world that driven by materialism, we as Christians need to seek God in all that we do and desire. Prayer and devotional time are the main ways we can spend more time with him. The more we seek him, we will find him. Not only will he provide what we are lacking; we will also find that in Him there is fullness of life.