There are certain Bible verses that are typically gone over and over on Christian minimalist blogs. One such passage is Matthew 6:19-21, where Jesus points out that we should not store up treasures on earth. Rather, we should store up treasures in heaven – in other words, we should fill up spiritually.
Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
I really like this passage, and I do believe it can be looked at in the context of minimalism. However, it wasn’t physical possessions that came to mind as I was reading it this morning. What stuck in my mind was mental clutter.
I started thinking about all the things I obsess over on any given day:
And I thought about how sometimes those things tend to take over life. I thought about how when I worry about something, I will worry so much that nothing else seems to matter until the worry is resolved.
I know that worries and concerns in life aren’t necessarily treasures, but they are things that take attention away from other valuable parts of life. After all, if I am worried or questioning things in life, I tend to move away from time with God. I have a tendency to try and figure life out on my own.
So, while this may be a stretch to some, my take away from today’s Bible reading was that by filling my mind with worry or fear about life, the future, family, or anything else… I’m ignoring the true desires of my heart and focusing on those worries. My desires for a more peaceful life go away as I bring in the stresses of worry.
Going forward, I would like to make more of an effort to store up treasures of peace rather than worry or fear. After all, I would like my life to reflect the One of peace… And I do have some control over it.