Jesus First Minimalist



Daily life is brimming with choices. We choose: what to eat, what to wear, what to do, where to go, when to go, who to go with, what to watch, what to listen too. Psychologists suggest we make nearly 35,000 choices per day, which is equivalent to 2000 choices per hour or one decision every 2 seconds. Were you aware you made that many choices per day?

This world is loud with social media, television, music, podcasts, books, traffic, video games, busy schedules, opinions, constant demand for attention, or seeking of worth; it’s deafening. Opinions come in many forms from verbal expression to shouts, how to’s, posts/comments, self-help books or blog posts, pop up ads, commercials, etc. Pressure, likes, & comparison they all lead to living overwhelmed distracted lives. We must choose which path we will take: indistinguishable from the world or resemblance to Christ.

“Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before…you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature.”

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Over the last few weeks God has gently spoken to my heart in various moments forcing me to recognize, & be intentional with, my choices.

Choosing to let go of my morning coffee was one. It isn’t the healthiest option for me in this current season & it appears I like the sugar laden creamer more than the actual coffee. Choosing to let my daughter get out her paints in the evening even though my housework was done & I knew it would mean extra work for me. Choosing healthier food options. Choosing gentle words, to take a breath before I speak, before parenting or disciplining our children. Choosing to gently ask for things instead of demanding. Choosing to fast from processed sugar with my family & to lay down my phone, stepping away from social media, for Lent. Even though I set strict boundaries for myself I am picking up or checking my phone far too often. I was inspired by Wendy Speake’s challenge as I am currently reading her parenting book Triggers. Her soft demeanor & gentle voice truly won me over. I have sobbed as I relate & recall parenting situations I regret. I want to emulate softness, peace, love, joy, selfless servitude. I am also choosing to step away from the YouVersion app to open up & release the living word of God. It is a useful tool but at this time it is a morning distraction & disruptive to the focus I give to my husband in the morning.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Hebrews 4:12 KJV

I choose Jesus & His living word over lit screens, likes, followers, & streaks. While I enjoy reading & bible study, I choose to return to the basics; to meditate on His word & precepts. We are warned in Ecclesiastes 12:12-14 (KJV) about choosing what we give our time too.

12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

“We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy.”

R.C. Sproul

There is time to devote to Jesus, prayer, & bible study but we must choose it.
I choose to let His living word change my life, shift the posture of my heart, cleanse me, tend the garden of my soul & plant/harvest good fruit. I choose to consider Christ in my words, facial expressions, actions, & choices. I choose to steward well this life, this heart, the time I am given, & my home.

I choose because I am chosen. God chose Jesus who chose to lay down His life for me & you. Choice is the freedom of Christ, the liberty I can standfast in. I choose to lay down my phone, cup of coffee, or anything else that may hinder my walk with Christ. I choose to spend Lent focused on fasting, prayer, rest, & worship of the risen King. I choose a holy hiatus to prayerfully prepare for the season to come.

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