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Minimalism and Peace

Minimalism and Peace


Peace is just one of the virtues I’ve been studying in my Christianity and Civilization class in school.  We have been going through different Christian virtues and how they affect our lives.  Through talking about these different virtues, I thought about how minimalism is a great way Christians can learn and cultivate virtues.

“Have no anxiety about everything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV).

This verse from Philippians is a great example from God’s word that we find peace from God.  Many people decide to become minimalists when they realize that their possessions have bogged them down emotionally and gives them anxiety.  Lives here on Earth become cluttered with thoughts of the things of this world.  Luke said to “be on your guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life” (Luke 21:34 NIV).  If we remove our earthly possessions that weight us down to this Earth in order to be lifted up and have a free mind to grow closer to God.

Being thankful is a great way to gain peace:

Robert Roberts says in his book Spiritual Emotions that “prayer and supplications with thanksgiving can overrule anxiety because they are knowingly addressed to the God of peace, the Author of shalom”.  Shalom comes with a peace that passes all understanding.  When we lift up our hearts away from the things of this world and towards God, we gain rest because he is the only one that can truly satisfy our souls.

My story:

Since becoming minimalist, I have gained a lot more peace in my life.  I don’t find myself worrying about things that don’t have a lot of meaning in this world like clothes and possessions because I find more peace in my life when spending time with God.


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