Confession: I HATE TO FOLD CLOTHES. I just do. A few nights ago, I had a mountain of clothes to fold. I’m not talking about just a basket, but an entire mountain. I stood there and prayed, “Lord, I know you can move mountains so could you please move this one and fold it and put it up too???” He chose to answer that prayer with a “NO” but it didn’t hurt to ask. “You have not because you ask not”….you know what I am saying?
Anyway, I decided that a Netflix watch would help get my mind off the task at hand. I am into documentaries right now, so I chose the one called Minimalism: A documentary about the important things. It’s focused on two friends, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, and others dedicated to rejecting the American ideal that things bring happiness.
Now let me be fully transparent. I was just wanting to learn about another lifestyle and not in any way thinking I would apply ANY of this to my life. I mean we could declutter a bit at this house, but who couldn’t? I went into this documentary thinking, “I am not about to live out of a backpack, or count my wardrobe, or live in a tiny house with my 4 monkeys.” However, it really was much more than that. It was thought provoking and broader than the number of items you live with. It was more philosophy and the “why” behind how all these people live a minimalist life. I was fascinated.
This documentary is definitely not Christian based and they do interview one man who talks about meditation and finding “his calm” but it wasn’t encouraging you to live a Buddhist lifestyle either. They talk about how things do not make you happy and how the American Dream as it is today is not about opportunity but about success and how that will not make you happy. They talk about community and people and the time you invest in things that matter. They talk about allowing only things with meaning into your life. All of these things I can get on board with, but I go a bit further and put my why as the God factor. All these things are Biblical principles and they work because they are truth. I think it is so interesting when the world “figures out” or is “enlightened” with these principles that are clearly Biblical. The best line of the documentary was, “Love people and use stuff” because the opposite will never get you where you want and doesn’t serve anyone well. I can get behind that.
This is a good watch. It was super impactful for me and my family. It’s inspired us way beyond what I thought it would. Not only did I get all my clothes folded, but I scooped them up and gave them all away…no just kidding. But it did inspire our family to take on something we have never done before. Stay tuned to find out what the Collins family of six is about to do…