Monday, March 28, 2016

The O.M. (Original Minimalist) - Jesus

So... coming off the Easter weekend I spent a lot of time with family and a lot of time contemplating and thinking about the Word of God and His son, Jesus Christ.  As you may or may not know, I am a proud Christian and honestly have never understood why anyone would be ashamed or embarrassed admitting that.  It's who I am and it's what I believe.  So, if a post about Jesus will offend you, please come back Wednesday.  Otherwise, thanks for being open minded and awesome and welcome! 

As I gave thought to Jesus' teachings during his short life walking among us, I realized that all of his teachings stem from a minimalist frame of mind.  He taught us to love others, be giving and not attach or identify ourselves and our lives by our stuff, but rather by our faith in Him.  His teachings and his life were so simple and beautiful, yet powerful.  And, isn't that what living a minimalist life is all about?  Finding the beauty in simplicity?  Less is more?  Gaining from living, rather than attaining?  

His life began humbly through a young virgin and a carpenter.  They raised him simply and without much.  He then came forward to preach the Word of His Father and did so without wearing the latest fashions, sporting the coolest donkey and donning the shiniest gold jewelry.  Instead, he brought power through his actions and, most of all, through his LOVE.

So, if you were to take just ONE day to follow in Jesus' footsteps and take the "What Would Jesus Do" (W.W.J.D) as your guide for the entire day, how would your day look?  Hey, listen... whether you believe in Him as being the Messiah or not, you gotta admit... He had some pretty common sense teachings.  I mean... be loving, be kind, be grateful, be humble, don't strive for stuff that will decay in this world, form a relationship with God and man, be nice, be giving and don't be full of yourself.  Pretty good advice if you ask me.  So, today, whether you're a believer or not, take some time to live your day as Jesus would have taught us to and see how little stuff you will attain, but how much love you will put forward.  I can guarantee you that it will turn out to be a beautiful day.