There are two parts to the Physical Slice of the Whole-Person Pie©.
this post and this post and this post about minimizing the seven categories that make up the Physical Slice.
Now, we will move forward to the 2nd part of the Physical Slice of the pie—the minimizing of our physical possessions.
At first glance, how do things look in this area for you? Do you feel suffocated and overwhelmed by stuff? Is your home cluttered? Do you have a hard time finding things? Do you continually feel that you need a bigger house? Are you faced with too many product choices when cooking a meal, getting dressed, or doing household chores? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, chances your physical possessions exceed what you actually need. When it all boils down, we, as human beings, need very little.
As we go through the writing of this new blog, my main goal is to point you only to Jesus Christ. He is the Word of God that became flesh and lived in a human body for 33 1/2 years so that we could see who God is, how He thinks, and the way He wants us to live our lives. How blessed we are that four men named Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John took the time and effort necessary to write His precious spoken words down for us! How grateful we should be to Him and the many who have sacrificed through the years to make sure our Bibles were preserved and passed down to us! How sad that we pick them up and read and study them so infrequently!
Every answer to every problem of life can be solved in the Word of God. It was written over the span of approximately 1500-1550 years (from around 1450 B.C. to around 95 A.D.) through the Holy Spirit inspiring around 40 different authors. Though the last book of the Bible was inspired and written down over 1920 years ago, it is every bit as relevant and up-to-date and applicable to our daily lives as it was the moment dear Saint John penned the final words of the book of Revelation in 95 A.D.
As we work through the process of minimizing our lives and trying to bring them into alignment with the will of God, His Word is our roadmap to Heaven and our instruction manual on how to live our lives on earth. I am continually amazed at Its practicality and the way It can be applied to every, single circumstance of our lives no matter how much time has elapsed since it was written. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are so blessed to have the Word of God in front of us and the Spirit of God within us. The Word and the Spirit always agree, and if we continually yield in obedience to the guidance of the Word and Spirit of God, we will live a successful Christian life and reach our goal of Heaven when we leave this earth.
"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
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Matthew 6:19-21
"Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys." Luke 12:33 (NIV)
"And, behold, one came and said unto him, 'Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?' And He said unto him, 'Why callest thou Me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.' He saith unto him, 'Which?' Jesus said, 'Thou shalt do no murder, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness, honor thy father and thy mother, and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.' The young man saith unto Him, 'All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?' Jesus said unto him, 'If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow Me.' But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions." Matthew 19:16-22
I also looked closely at the way Jesus lived His life. Because, with every fiber of my being, I SO long to be and live like He did! I have felt so drawn to a simple, eternity-focused life, and for a long time, I didn't understand why. One day, it hit me that it is HIM—I feel so compellingly called to follow Him and emulate His walk as closely as I possibly can.
Jesus was unencumbered. He was fully available in each moment. He was completely present in every circumstance. He traveled light. He didn't hoard. He had only what He needed at all times. He shared everything He had. He gave until His dying breath.
Remember, everything springs from the spiritual, including what motivates us to have so much stuff in the first place.
I hope you will continue to follow along as we explore these motivations and lots more about releasing our excess physical possessions! God bless you on your minimizing journey!