Minimalist wardrobe experts say that owning fewer clothes simplifies life’s choices so there’s more time for self-care and, ultimately, for the care of others. I look in my overstuffed closet of clothes that mostly mean nothing to me, and I think of the time wasted each day looking for something to wear in all of that plenty.
Dare I trust that my idea of clothing security could become less about the abundance of garments and more about the abundance of simple choices that free me for another way of living?
I recall this passage in Colossians: “… clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…” (Colossians 3:12, 14-15).
My call is to abandon my longing for expendable, life-less objects on hangers and offer myself in ways that endure–caring for my neighbor, working for justice and peace, boldly acting on my faith in Jesus Christ.
This message is excerpted from “How living with less leads to abundance” by Becky Shurson from the March 30, 2017, blog of the Women of the ELCA.
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