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My husband and I love to watch the shows Tiny House Hunters, Tiny House Big Living, and any other shows involving the tiny house movement, a rapidly-trending movement where families are downsizing from their four plus bedroom homes to a teeny tiny living space, equivalent to the size of an RV or smaller.
Even our son Caleb has joined us in the fun and excitedly picks out his favorite homes and designs. We dream about what it would be like to live in a tiny home. How we would decorate it. What creative space-saving techniques we would use. What materials we would build it with. Whether or not we’d use a sewage-based toilet or a composting toilet… (ahem, changing the subject now).
But then we also start thinking about what we would have to give up. Caleb says hesitantly, “I have to give away most of my toys?! Not my Legos! Where will all my stuffed animals go?”
The truth is, our family has accumulated a lot of STUFF over the years. Despite our many garage sales and Good Will trips, we still end up with a house full of stuff, year after year, birthday after birthday, Christmas after Christmas.
You can’t take all your stuff into a tiny home. You have to get rid of it or store it away somewhere else. You have to declutter. Learn to live with less.
How often in our lives do we focus on decluttering our inner selves? Removing some of the busyness of our packed routines. Putting away “recreational activities” that we could do away with like unedifying TV shows or movies; too many after-school extra-curriculars; Facebook (I know, I know, my blog is on Facebook); other forms of social media that sometimes seem to zap our focus and attention away from things that are more important, etc.
Have you looked at decluttering your life recently? Have you thought about making more room for God?
When you live in a tiny home, there is often very little privacy. You are exposed. You have to share your space with others. There is no hiding. Well, guess what? God desires to live in a tiny space with YOU. He wants your full attention. He wants your vulnerability. He wants you to see Him and feel Him everywhere, every day, and in every moment.
He wants YOU. Not your stuff. Not your accomplishments (even though some of them may glorify God). He wants YOU… ALL of you.
But living with God isn’t tiny living at all— it’s BIG Living.
When you live in a tiny home, you learn to live with less, but when you give your life over to God, surrendering to Him your full attention and obedience, you learn to live with MORE, so much more. He will fill your soul and enrich your life with blessings beyond your wildest imagination, for our tiny minds cannot even begin to fathom the great glory and wonder of our Lord.
So I challenge you today to “Go Tiny.” Disentangle yourself from anything that might be holding you back from having a deeper and closer relationship with God so that you can “live BIG” and experience the freedom and fullness that only He can give.
“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1
“But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.” Psalm 73:28