Two Secular Trends You Should Practice as a Christian

1. Minimalism – (

Minimalism takes the focus away from what we have and puts it on the meaning that we get from the things we do have.

Pastor and conference speaker Louie Giglio once joked, “Is there anything in the world more anti-Jesus than a storage unit?” (Don’t get offended—I said joked!) Seriously, no offense if you have a storage unit, but let’s think about it. You can do anything in the world with your hard-earned money, but you’re paying someone to use his space to put your junk that you’re not using but are unable to part with.

Luke 3:11 And he answered and said unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath food, let him do likewise.

John the Baptist instructed his followers to use their abundance to meet the needs of others. What if we lived lives of radical generosity? I think we might feel more free than never. I think that if you took a Christian from the early church and put him in the 21st-century, the rampant materialism would leave his head spinning.

Websites like eBay as well as social networking platforms make it easier than ever to find someone who might be looking for items you don’t really need. Why not give it a try? I bet you’ll feel 10 pounds lighter inside.

2. White space – (

Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

There is strong biblical precedent for taking a break to get connected to God and to get a better perspective. In Matthew 6, Jesus, in his Sermon on the Mount, instructed his disciples regarding “when” they prayed and “when” they fasted, not “if.” He also says the sabbath was made for men (Mk 2:27). Taking breaks should be a part of any Christian’s life.

“White space” refers to taking a breath for your brain. It encourages people to increase the productivity and decrease stress by taking several-minute breaks away from our ubiquitous screens at strategic times during the day. You’ll automatically start to sort out what is most important. Similar to minimalism, this movement encourages us and shows us how to get more done with less, and it gives Christians another reason to take short prayer breaks throughout their day. Now you take a 30-second pause.

You’re already thinking clearer. Check this video out. Juliet Funt

P.S. Honorable mention: Mindfulness, Life Coaching

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