Whereas the Lord tells us to sell, we buy instead and accumulate. St. Cyprian of Carthage (c.210-258)
Recently, two very serious Christian friends asked me if I had heard about the minimalist movement called 100 Things. Nope. It was described to me as simply (pun intended) keeping 100 possessions. This new minimalism is in reaction to rampant consumerism that has stolen our joy, created debt, and made our lives worse with worry. I got home from my appointments and immediately loaded the back of my car with 20 t-shirts, 5 dress shirts, 3 pairs of pants, a computer bag, some hats and a pair of black dress shoes I had not worn the past 5 years. And I am just getting warmed up.
After this quick and easy purge I googled ‘100 things’ and found a great article from Time and more importantly the site by Dave Bruno featured in the Time article. Bruno has really caught my interest. I read over the 100 things he is keeping. I got more interested when I saw that the first 3 on his list were Bibles.
I have long practiced giving away clothes and things I haven’t used for over a year. But I am far from the simplicity and freedom in the Lord that I desire. I am reflecting on the 100 things I can’t live without. More importantly I am tossing things. Lots of things.
I would love to hear from you. If you were only going to keep 100 personal possessions what would they be? The kicker (again pun intended) is whether to count a pair of shoes as 1 or each shoe separately!!