The secret is out-Materialism doesn’t make us happy.
Buying things to fill a void in our soul only leaves us buried in stuff with a hole still in our hearts. So if materialism isn’t the answer than minimalism is – right?
The thinking that goes behind this thought sounds like this, “I am drowning in stuff. So, if I have less stuff, I will find freedom and my problems will be solved.”
The problem is that even if we throw out every last thing we own, we still have a hole in our soul.
The truth is that Materialism in on one end of a spectrum when Minimalism is on the other -both put unrealistic expectations onto material objects.
The truth is that there is only one source for life, the giver of life, and that is God.
Our world is a broken place and we grasp for control, for order, for rightness. We hope for satisfaction but our appetite will never be satisfied this side of heaven. What we long for is the Garden of Eden where everything is perfect and we walk with God.
God has promised to one day restore our planet with a new heaven and a new earth. Until that day we must gain an accurate view of our stuff.
The purpose of clothes is to cover us, homes to shelter us, and cars provide transportation. When we begin to find our identity or our hope in things (materialism), or the lack of them (minimalism) we will always be disappointed.
There is only one source that truly brings JOY and that is God alone.
God wants to know us, to walk with us, to give us a life that is full of purpose and hope. The greatest “thing” God ever gave us was the gift of Jesus. He is the only thing that fills the hole in our soul.
Believe in Jesus and then get busy in acts of kindness, compassion, and spreading truth.
The jewels that we earn in heaven are the only treasures worth accumulating.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.”