LESS IS MORE!
We just recently completed our first RV road trip! We drove from Arizona to Idaho and then headed down the west coast from Oregon to San Diego and then to Arizona. We were on the road for 25 days... Living in minimal space, with just a few outfits, enough food to last for about three days at each given time, and being together in tight quarters, 24/7!...
The struggle was real
BUT before that happened we lived a life of very little, not knowing at times if we could pay our rent, while my husband was in training and I was unable to work due to a language barrier being a new resident of Germany.
So, once David starting working after his schooling came to an end, we began living high on the hog! We were without family and had very few friends so we tried to replace our loneliness with things. This quickly led to a lot of debt and a lot of stress. And sadly enough, we were STILL lonely! We were making ourselves miserable with our materialistic attempts to find happiness. Once we came to the very hard and painful realization that the stuff wasn't improving anything, in fact it was keeping us broke and in bondage, we began working relentlessly to rid ourselves of what had been weighing us down.
Change is good
This change of heart did not happen overnight. It took us nearly 12 years to get to that point of knowing there needed to be a change. And that change began once we both started coming back into relationship with Jesus. He is the ONLY way to complete and total satisfaction! The only one that you can turn to when all else fails. The word assures us that the things of this world will pass away, and that we should not become attached to them 1 Cor. 7:29-31. Once we came back to him, our hearts and thoughts changed! It then prompted us to change our life circumstances. And to start living with real peace and joy.
We've been hard at work minimizing and cleaning up for 3 years. It hasn't been easy. Sometimes it requires real sacrifice. And we're not all the way there, yet. But I can say in all honesty, the burden is lifting little by little. And oh, it feels soooo liberating! Less IS more! During the time we spent RVing, we began to taste the fruits of our labor by spending time with good friends, family and with each other. People, love and God cannot be substituted with stuff. But unfortunately, stuff can substitute people, love and God.
Live with peace and joy