Friday recommendation: Becoming Minimalist

Coffee cupOne of the very popular sites that discusses the concept of minimalism is Joshua Becker’s Becoming Minimalist.

His purpose in writing Becoming Minimalist is to share his family’s:

journey towards a rational approach to minimalism. It is about the joys and the struggles. It is about the lessons we have learned.

This week, Joshua posted an essay that reveals the essence of why I am simplifying my life and why I write at The Hill of Beans.

He states:

But the path to better living is not found in turning our back on those who need us the most. The path to better living is found in developing the compassion and the space to love even those who don’t deserve it.

This is what life is all about.  Not getting ahead, but connecting with, serving, and loving people.

When we decided to become minimalist, we did so because we knew our lives would improve if we removed the excess physical stuff from our home and life. They had become burdensome to us.

As a Christian, I am on a journey to be authentic, to shed unnecessary burdens and make space in my life to care for others, a spread the good news in any way possible as I dwell in the land, and interact with the people in my life.

The one thing that he does offer is a consistent opportunity for me to love. Not a love that expects something in return, but a pure, unselfish love. One that requires patience and grace and commitment. You know—real love.

This is what it is all about – to love with no expectation of anything in return, except the knowledge and emotion that you have done something to help another.

I recommend you take a look at Becoming Minimalist.


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