It’s no secret that I love interior decorating and design. In my home you’ll find stacks of magazines on home renovations, decor and housekeeping, and my commute to work on the train is often spent browsing the endless interiors on Pinterest on my phone. As an introvert and homebody, I appreciate a beautiful space to recharge and relax with family and friends, and I really enjoy cooking, baking and entertaining.
A struggle for me is finding a balance between creating a haven for friends and family, without getting distracted by materialism. I’ve found it’s a very fine line between an enjoyment of beautiful spaces and an obsession with things. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly my thoughts can be overrun by the most minute things, like figuring out what new piece of furniture or artwork I’ll buy, or deciding that my current dishes are no good and it’s time to replace them. I KNOW the truth, that things can’t and won’t ever fulfill a person, but living that out is very challenging.
When I really look deep into my heart, though I would never dare say this out loud, I find myself thinking “If I had _____, I’d finally be happy.”
Something I’ve learned is that much of our sin is inconspicuous. Another trap I fall into from time to time is the “minimalism” trap – let me explain what I mean by this. Minimalism and/or essentialism are common themes talked about these days. The world’s attempt at being content with less, and as I’ve seen in my own life, a reach at godliness in my own strength. Our family recently moved homes, and while we were getting a bit more square footage in our new home, the layout was different. This created the need for a few new pieces of furniture to make our place work from a functional standpoint. We did a bit of purging before our move, sold some furniture and art we didn’t want, donated some things, and the plan was to have less stuff and more breathing room. However, when I looked closely at myself and my motives, I found I would often do things under the guise of being a “minimalist” – I’ll say, “I’ll just have ONE of ____, but I’ll make it really good quality” (read: spend a lot of money on something). So in the end my heart isn’t really in essentialism or minimalism for the right reasons; instead it’s rooted deeply in materialism and just wanting nicer, newer things. I attempted the capsule wardrobe at one point, but again found myself falling into the same trap. Getting rid of my older, not as expensive clothes but then justifying spending much more money on expensive clothing. Replacing one idol for another, a love for many things with a love for expensive things. How deceitful the heart is!
I remember something a friend said to me a while back when we were talking about this struggle: it’s all going to burn. And she would know, she and her family experienced a very damaging house fire a few years ago. Scripture is very clear, that life is so much more than things. 1 Tim 6:6-10. Now there is great godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. My friend Emily wrote an excellent post on this a few months ago, and it was exactly what my heart needed to hear.
All this to say: I still enjoy reading home decorating blogs and watching HGTV. I will be posting decor-related posts on this blog from time to time. Who doesn’t like a beautiful, functional space? These things are not wrong in themselves, but with each post, let’s remind ourselves that our lives are so much more than the things we own and the colour of the four walls around us. For those of us who are saved in Jesus Christ, we have an eternal inheritance waiting for us in Heaven. Let’s treasure our Saviour and the riches that are to come.