Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
In recent year, society has embraced such buzz-words as "decluttering" and "downsizing." Think of the rise in popularity of tiny house, and the international success of Marie Kondo's tips on how to tidy up your home, and get rid of things you really and truly don't need. Streamlining and simplifying our daily lives are the goals that so many people have embraced. And certainly, these practices are admirable in and of themselves, but can a deeper meaning and reason for minimizing have Biblical roots?
Author, Cheryl Smith, in her new book Biblical Minimalism - Following Jesus from a Life of Abundance to a More Abundant Life, would answer you with a resounding "YES!" She recounts the journey her own family embarked upon with the goal being to rid themselves of worldly baggage, anything and everything that stood as a barrier between them and a closer, more intimate walk with Jesus. Cheryl's engaging writing style and honest reflections immediately draw the reader into her world. I found myself reexamining my own priorities as a Christian, and vowing to shed myself of any idols, physical, mental, and emotional, that could be stumbling blocks blocks to Jesus' desire that I humbly submit to the abundant life He offers.
Along with sharing her personal journey, Cheryl has peppered Biblical Minimalism with generous examples from Old and New Testaments, which attest to why our treasures should be stored in heaven, not on earth. And she also gives clear guidelines as to how we, too, can approach the practice to disarm and dismiss our idols, and come to understand why less is more. Here is how Cheryl describes the essence of Biblical minimalism: Adopting the mind of Christ and being willing to live the kind of life He lived is what true Biblical minimalism is all about. It is a Biblical path to peace, both in the heart and in the home, and it really is quite simple.
After you read Cheryl's book, I think you will agree with her and with me - yes, it is quite simple, and something each and every one of us can accomplish with God's help. I guarantee you will
About the author:
Cheryl Smith, with her husband, Kevin, and their son, Zach, are enjoying a Biblical minimal way of life. She blogs regularly at her inspirational site, Homespun Devotions, where she not only writes devotionals, but conducts "Inner Views" with other Christians interested in sharing their personal testimonies. When she isn't writing, Cheryl loves spending time with her family, visiting the mountains, and singing and playing bluegrass music.