How Minimalism Can Change The World

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Minimalism is primarily a personal pursuit; however it has the potential to bless an exponential number of lives.

Generally, minimalism is defined as forgoing the unnecessary to focus on the imperative. Many minimalists state that their reason for limiting belongings or commitments is so they have more money for experiences or to give away, and more time for loved ones. This minimalist lifestyle might look like it’s about us, but it’s ultimately about others. It’s about how we can positively, practically affect the lives of people around us or people in need.

This minimalist lifestyle might look like it’s about us, but it’s ultimately about others. It’s about how we can positively, practically affect the lives of people around us or people in need.

This simpler, more paired-down lifestyle might seem inward-focused—our homes or lives always under a “what can I live without” looking glass—but it really is outward-focused. Many of us are driven by questions like “how can I spend more time with my kids” or “how can I accomplish (insert optimistic goal here)”?

Minimalism is often credited with its participants being happier, more free, more peaceful. All of these by-products are good, but those who aspire to simpler lifestyle can accomplish so much more than a clean home and a happy smile.

If those of us who have intentionally chosen less banded together to give more, just think of what we could accomplish.

Big things.

Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist recently launched one such big thing: The Hope Effect. The Hope Effect is a registered 501(c)(3) which aims to revolutionize orphan care. The plan is sound: to care for orphans not in a group-type institution, but in a family home with a doting mother and a father and a small number of other children. These two-parent, family-style homes provide opportunity for each child to flourish and thrive. Access to health, dental, and social care is provided while each child is prepared for the future through education, responsibility, support and the structure that parents were designed to provide. Learn more about The Hope Effect here.

I am excited about The Hope Effect because I love children. The plight of orphans weighs heavy on my heart, and I see great potential in the family model set up by The  Hope Effect. Could we—would we?—as a Smallish community band together to do something biggish?

For the month of November, Smallish is running a campaign to raise funds for The Hope Effect. Since this is the month when we in the U.S. give thanks for all our blessings, I found it appropriate for us as a community to take the chance to give out of our blessings to make something happen. Something amazing. Something big. Visit our very own {secure!} campaign page here.

Of course there is no shortage of super organizations in need of support. The world seems to be falling apart at the seams, whether you’re watching the European migrant crisis or the family struggling to put healthy food on the table next door. Maybe you have already chosen which organizations you’ll be giving to this season. That’s ok.

The point is, you may have chosen less so you could impact more. Let’s do it.

Let’s impact. Over the next few weeks let’s give until it hurts, not just out of our excess. Let’s bless others and then pray that God multiplies that gift into something biggish.

Something world-changing.

Minimalists Change The World.

 

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7 Comments
  • Cheryl Smith
    October 30, 2015

    What a wonderful post, Evelyn! I so enjoy Joshua’s blog, and I am so thankful to hear about The Hope Effect. May God bless his efforts, and yours, to raise much for this endeavor. You are right…the real root of our having less is so we can give more and make a greater impact on this world for good. Jesus was the ultimate minimalist, and if we would follow in His footsteps, we must focus on what is eternal.

    • Evelyn
      October 31, 2015

      Amen, Cheryl! My thoughts exactly. 🙂

  • Kelvin
    October 30, 2015

    Well written Evelyn! I totally agree.
    Our minimalism has the potential to enrich our lives and those closes to us. But helping others…those who could never repay us has an even greater potential to bring purpose to what we are already doing.
    I recently traveled to Uganda, Africa and returned determined to do more than just “minimize.”
    Your post just fueled my passion a little more.

    Thank you!

    • Evelyn
      October 31, 2015

      Thanks so much for commenting, Kevin. So glad be alongside this journey with you!

  • Hannah@SeeingtheLovely
    November 7, 2015

    I’m so glad you pointed this out, Evelyn! Minimalism should never be all about us, it should be about blessing others! So many of us have way more resources than we need, and this project looks like a great way to use them. I pray that God greatly blesses your efforts!

    • Evelyn
      November 8, 2015

      Thank you Hannah! I so appreciate you reading & commenting. 🙂

  • Veronika
    November 2, 2016

    Yes, that is it. The minimalism manifesto ♥

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