The Minimalist.

I have to admit, I love our minimalist life. I feel free of the world and it’s traps. I can’t stand the frivolity of the way some Christians live; we are at war with the devil himself and we clamor for more clutter.

My husband and I, through the leading of the Holy Spirit, have shorn down our life and lifestyle to accommodate our Christian walk. Now some would say that it’s a bit extreme, mostly because way too many Christians still want their one foot in the world. I mean, is it really necessary to have that $500 Coach purse? Did you have to get leather seats in the new car? Just how necessary is the mid-life-crisis Harley? How does anyone NEED a 3000 sqft home unless you’re a Duggar?

This world in which we live allows us – wants us – to go into a debt abyss to have things that others have…not just Christians, ESPECIALLY Christians. We are much more malleable to the government if we have a lot of debt. A lot of believers think that God will provide for their ‘stuff’ – and He will provide….to our NEEDS. We need food, we need clothing, we need shelter. We do not need ‘stuff’.

While having coffee with my husband, we discussed whether Christians should live a lavish lifestyle, whether in or out of debt. My first thought was if this lavishness glorifies God – I don’t think it can. We are to be a light to the world, not a lighting concept: “v14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. v15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. v16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven,” Matthew 5:14-16.

There is a great peace that comes with having less. We are unencumbered with ‘things’ that have no room in a Christian’s life. By choice we have one vehicle; by choice we do not have cable television. By choice we have a home that is reasonable rather than getting one big enough to store more stuff AND still rent a storage unit to store the rest of it. By choice we choose to have less so we can have more with Christ.

And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Matthew 8:18-20

Give much? While it is true that God does supply the needs of His people, this is a specific promise that those who are faithful and devoted in their giving to Christ will never suffer lack. God gives us a lot of latitude to do His Will as well as just enough to mess it up. We are OBLIGATED to be the good steward that God wants us to be. He can put money in your bucket OR put a hole in the bottom of it.

And to summarize, 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work…”

30 DAY PARENTING PRAYER CHALLENGE: Day 11

Have you ever felt as if your kids, adult or not, seem to ‘scheme’? That’s because they are. They have pitted a war against their own parents, and I have to wonder if they really know what they are doing or why. Are they led by their own frustrations of being parented by Christians OR are they led by something more sinister? The kids will tell you it’s all the parents fault but the truth is even though they try to be a united front against us, they are fighting a real war against God with the devil himself:

And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:4

Have you noticed that adult kids demand restitution rather than being gently led with a patient hand? Maybe money talks, but not in my house. IF we had all the money in the world we would not buy their love and respect.

Money is usually the common denominator of their troubles; they don’t have it because they are living for themselves and against God…and somehow it’s our fault. To that I say this: If money were NOT the issue, then what is keeping you from being the loving son/daughter to us like you used to be? [Can you tell I used to be in sales?] So then, son/daughter, what IS that ‘one thing’ keeping you from being a family with us? Excuses, excuses.

Since the beginning of time, children took care of their ailing and elderly parents. It was a cohesive unit rather than prison. I would count it an honor to take care of my parents! Can you imagine giving back to them for what they gave? And if there were trouble, the ability and OPPORTUNITY to forgive and GIVE: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself‘, Mark 12:31.

There may be a war, but we have to deal with this one battle at a time; the battle today will be different than the battle tomorrow. Still they look upon us as the enemy even though we love them through everything they make us deal with. I don’t know about you, but our own enemies don’t treat us this badly.

Pray that adult children will return to their first love rather than chasing shadows.