Minimalist Living in a Culture Searching for HappinessPayton Foeller
But they just don’t know it…
In case you missed last week, we talked about the 32 Reasons I’m Craving Minimalism. I said that we would dig a bit deeper into what it is, where it came from, and if it’s here to stay. Today we’ll do just that!
Apparently, minimalism started in reference to art in the 60’s. It meant a piece had ‘extreme simplicity of form’ and a literal, objective approach.
There is a documentary on Netflix that follows some big names in the movement. They call themselves The Minimalists( the fact that they got to that domain before the movement went big probably means they’ve been around from the start). I clicked around their site to see what minimalism meant to ‘the founders’ of the movement. This is what they had to say:
“By incorporating minimalism into our lives, we’ve finally been able to find lasting happiness—and that’s what we’re all looking for, isn’t it? We all want to be happy. Minimalists search for happiness not through things, but through life itself; thus, it’s up to you to determine what is necessary and what is superfluous in your life.”
There’s a lot ‘unsaid’ there that I want to dig into for a minute…
Last week we talked a lot about how all our lives we’re taught we need more. We need to do more so we can be more so we can get more. I think minimalism, whether it is a passing trend or not, is a rebellion against a lifetime of that principal being everyone’s goal, of everyone wanting more stuff. But people still want more. People have always wanted more. And some people always will…Minimalism is pushing against what we’ve always been taught. But really it’s the same thing. It’s searching for more. People are still searching to fill this giant aching void in their soul. Having less stuff (in hopes of feeling more) is not much different than trying to fill it with more stuff. Granted I think if you’re going to pick one or the other, minimalism is the way to go. It’s better for you and your wallet. But it still won’t fill that void.
Can Christians live as minimalists? Should they? If at its core it’s still a sign of not being at peace with God? I think yes. I think the ‘less is more’ value that minimalists hold can be biblical. Holding fast to God, family, and friends is biblical. Prioritizing time to serve others over cleaning your house is biblical. Making an effort to donate your unused products and spend less on new things is biblical.I think it can be a lifestyle that could devastate you in the greatest way. Give up all your possessions and follow me… Sound familiar? Last week I got into a bit of how we are adapting the lifestyle and absorbing its ideas to work for our family. We donated a lot, simplified our home, and created several systems that reduced time spent on menial tasks. And I’m not done – I still have some things I want to change over time, some systems to simplify our lives. I don’t think I’d call myself a minimalist, but I definitely would say we are seeking wisdom when it comes to how we manage our resources and I would say that came about in my heart due to this minimalist movement.
Here are some ways other like minded friends of mine are digging into minimalism and what it looks like for them.
I know last week I said we would get into a bit more of what the trend is but I ended up taking a bit of a turn. We’ll get into the more technical side of minimalism next week I promise. What people are throwing out and why. Different challenges and steps you can take to move toward a more minimalist lifestyle. I promise I won’t get side tracked again!
If you already consider yourself a minimalist let me know how it’s working for you! Are you a Christian mom making it work for your household? Are you not religious and just looking for happiness? If so, how’s it going? Happy yet? I really wanna know.