On some real:
I love practicing minimalism! A complete 180 from the materialistic start of my college career. Remember all those strapless sin suits I trashed/donated? They were 100% funded by poor decision-making. Now I’m going in the opposite direction: actively accumulating less. That’s the basic concept of minimalism.
So with the definition of actively accumulating less, minimalism can be applied in all areas of life. But for me, it started in the home because I felt smothered by all the “stuff” we had acquired. Impulsive purchases, useless trinkets, sentimental guilt trash (the stuff we would throw away if we didn’t feel sentimental guilt about doing so.)
I raided the house looking for any excuse to remove something from my home. It was an extensive process and took some time. But every discarded/donated item was like a weight lifting off me. Big items. Small items. Being able to rationalize why I didn’t need an item instead of rationalizing why I did, gave me freedom I never experienced before.
I did my Bible study on forgiveness. Christianity and forgiveness are synonymous in a way. After all, being Christian means acknowledging we have been forgiven through Christ.
It’s easy to go around being happy that I’ve been forgiven for my sins. When it comes time for me to share the love and forgive others for their sins against me… well, that’s a different story altogether, isn’t it?
I spent at least an hour this morning flipping through my Bible; studying topics I really need to go over. Namely anger and forgiveness.
I won’t bore you with the all the details, but I’m in a situation that didn’t go according to my plan and I do find myself getting worked up and bitter when I think too much about it.
At first I prayed to “get over it.” I spent at least a good month praying every night for God to fix me. To make me happy so I could go on ’bout my business.
I prayed before I began tonight’s study. I asked for wisdom and insight. Tonight’s verse, Matthew 12:37, is what I will be meditating on especially. Because it applies to one of my biggest challenges- speaking before I think when I need to think before I speak.
Words, whether written or spoken, have power. They can make people feel things. They do make people feel things. Which is good and bad.
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned. (Matthew 12:37)
I want my words to inspire and help, not hurt. And as much as I’d love to say, “every word I release into the world is a shining reflection of my good Christian faith,” that’d be a lie.
I am a work-in-progress, that’s for sure.
I can usually tell how productive my study is going, not necessarily by what I learn (though I do love learning), but by the strong sense of connection I experience. Like if I’m reading just to check Bible reading off my list, then I won’t have any special verses. But when I have a bunch of verses that resonate with me, then I know I’m getting somewhere.
And when I say, “special verses,” I don’t just mean the ones that support or validate my personal beliefs- though I think we all keep a few of those on hand 😉
No, what I’m referring to are the verses that *click*. The ones that make me stop and think. Usually, I find myself contemplating them hours after I finish reading. And more often than not, those very verses answer questions or relate to events later on in my life.
- The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. (Matthew 9:37)
- Do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. (Matthew 10:19-20)
- Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven. (Matthew 10:32)
As you can see by my three special verses, today was a good day for Bible study. Probably the most productive since I’ve started the #3030challenge.