Yard Sale of the Mind


I love the minimalist philosophy of traveling lightly through this world. Less stuff, less debt, less house to take care of.  How freeing. Time to spend in relationships and more meaningful pursuits rather than taking care of all the stuff.

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”

I first heard this now often quoted phrase over at The Art of Simple and it’s a helpful guideline for the purge. The past few months and weeks have been a constant questioning of possessions: useful or beautiful,  avoid over-sentimentality.

This morning while walking the dog, my racing mind cluttered up with all that needs to be done, how I was feeling, the troubles of the world, the troubles of  friends. The wave of thoughts were sure to overwhelm.

I had to have a yard sale of the mind…it wasn’t  monetarily profitable, and I certainly wouldn’t want anyone to have those goods, but I did profit in a better way. Purging all the thoughts that distract and overwhelm and replacing them with beautiful, useful thoughts brought me close to God and His peace.

4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4

Just as the minimilists promise peace through first simplifying your outer world God promises peace in our inner world through His Word. A peace that transcends understanding! I want that!

No matter if you de-clutter your home and life and stuff and relationships or not you can still draw close to God by thinking pure, lovely, admirable, God-rejoicing thoughts.

This doesn’t minimize the real often traumatic events of life, or the hardship everyone faces at some point in life. What it does though is turn our eyes to what is eternal rather than temporary.

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

How do you de-clutter your mind?


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