Character, Mental Health, Minimalist, Roaming Chaplain, Wellbeing

A Roaming Chaplain is the ultimate minimalist, why? (11)

Let’s first consider what a minimalist is?

They strive to only use things that serve a purpose. They are constantly decluttering in order to be free to move wherever they are led. They seek to make the greatest impact with what they have to work with. The following quote is a masterpiece.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo da Vinci

Human beings often measure themselves by what they have accumulated, be it material possessions, achievements and ultimately their social status. Surely if we accumulate, it indicates success, abilities and well-being.

At what point does accumulating become negative or self defeating?

It’s different for everyone, but it definitely visits everyone at some point.

Perhaps we grew up very poor, accumulating then can become our safe space.

Perhaps we know what it’s like to be left alone or rejected, just having someone’s approval becomes our safe space.

No matter what season we are in, having the awareness of clutter interrupting our potential, is a great way to stay focused. Measuring what we actually need for the next part of our life journey can be exciting rather than terrifying.

Nearly 30 years ago I started travelling to cities throughout Australia and many parts of the world as a full time Evangelist. I never knew what to pack as I prepared for two solid weeks of back to back meetings. It didn’t take long to discover that I didn’t need as much as I thought. If I was disciplined, I could always shred up to 50% of my belongings.

These days when ever I travel, I’m confident people would think I have very little belongings just because of mastering the minimalist attitude in this area. We can all use this approach in so many other areas of our life.

Use only what serves a purpose.

Imagine if we could do this right through every aspect of our lives.

1. What we allow in our head by the things we read, watch and discuss.

2. Time we spend with people and the types of people we spend our time with.

3. Actions we take as we conquer complacency.

4. Having half a plan and sticking to it is a great way not to get sidetracked.

As a Roaming Chaplain, we have an opportunity to impact so many people if we are not weighed down by what we think we need to make a difference.

“Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

Jesus

Jesus was approached by potential Roaming Chaplains that made all sorts of excuses why they were limited in their impact.

Being a minimalist is a mindset and Jesus exemplified this right through his journey. Crowds didn’t clutter him, opposition from the self righteous didn’t clutter him. The government and their threats didn’t clutter him. He was in full control of His journey even the darkest part of it.

He shared all sorts of brilliant visual stories to illustrate how much we carry in life that destroy us. Dying to self was always at the heart of His liberating message. Taking up our cross would result in a resurrected promise. Letting go of those areas that we think are irreplaceable end up becoming the launching pad of new beginnings.

Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

Jesus

Jesus isn’t encouraging us to loath ourselves, he’s revealing some cosmic wisdom of rebirth when we give up what we believe is most precious. A farmer giving up the only seed in their possession in the hope of reaping a prosperous harvest.

Simply put, LET GO & LET GOD.

There’s a Roaming Chaplain in you waiting to be unleashed.