Reply to: Carry less stuff

Jonathan at We Live Sim­ply chal­lenged peo­ple carry less stuff in their pock­ets, and take a pic­ture of what they carry before and after sim­pli­fy­ing it.  I’ve already had my pock­ets sim­pli­fied as much as pos­si­ble, so I only have one pic­ture of what I cur­rently carry.  Below is the following:

  • Cara­biner with car and office keys, thumb drive, and gym mem­ber­ship card
  • Knife/​money clip with 5 cards (DL, Debit, 2 cer­ti­fi­ca­tions for work)
  • LG Choco­late phone

Not Your Average Minimalist

Had a big talk at church the other night about what my min­i­mal­ism is all about.  There were some ini­tial con­cerns among some peo­ple, but finally things were clar­i­fied and here’s the outcome.

From this point on, I will be appar­ently clear about my inten­tions for a min­i­mal­is­tic lifestyle.  I’m a Chris­t­ian, and Chris­tian­ity con­sumes every aspect of my life.  Sim­plic­ity, as advo­cated by Bud­dhism, is for the pur­pose of self-​​improvement and self-​​happiness.  Chris­tian­ity is intrin­si­cally oppo­site because it’s focused on God and oth­ers.  So, a Chris­t­ian would apply min­i­mal­ism to their lives to free them up to serve oth­ers better.

The Bible fully sup­ports a min­i­mal­is­tic lifestyle, but the motive is com­pletely dif­fer­ent.  So, you’re not going to find me quot­ing guys like Bud­dha when the Bible has plenty to say about the same sub­ject mat­ter.  Even though Bud­dha and Jesus might share the same prin­ci­pals, the roots of both belief sys­tems are antithetical.

So there you go, I’m a min­i­mal­ist Chris­t­ian, and this blog will reflect it from a Chris­t­ian world­view.  This blog is my jour­ney and hope­fully a resource to others.