Less is more or more is more?
Yesterday when I visited my friend at her 3 room apartment home, she ashamedly said;
"Sorry, my home is so small. My kitchen is so tiny compared with my previous home. I wish I have a bigger apartment."
My friend lives with her husband in an apartment that has 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, a dining cum living room, 2 bathrooms and a storeroom.
I came away from her home with the thought that I also would love to have another room to use as a craft room; to store all my crafting tools and supplies and have a craft table where I do not need to clear every time I have guests coming.
My home is a 2 room apartment comprising of a bedroom, a bathroom, a living room, kitchen and storeroom so my dining table is not just a space for having my meals or entertaining friends but also for spending time with God; reading the Bible, crafting as well as doing my journal writing.
Next morning while doing my quiet time and as I thank God for all His blessings upon my life, these words came to mind; less is more.
Then I remember my wishing for a dedicated craft room. And as I ponder over this phrase of less is more, I came to a place of contentment.
Is having less of space and things better?
Interestingly, when Paul wrote to the church at Corinth in 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, he pointed out to them that time is of the essence. Time is short. We don't have time to waste away each day. There are 24 hours a day and a large portion of the time each day is used up in needed sleep. The rest of the time we have should be used wisely.
Paul said to 'keep it simple'.
Having more space means more work; spending more time vacuuming and moping the floor and cleaning the things within. With less space there is less cleaning, and more time to spend in listening to sermons, reading the Word and quality time with family and friends.
Since moving into this small apartment, I have found that having less is better than more. The space I have is adequate for my use and just like the dining table, I have learned to make better use of stuff and many are put to serve many purposes instead of just one.
All the space in my tiny apartment is put to use everyday. There are only so much space and rooms anyway. Most of my time is spend in the living room and kitchen during the day time and the bedroom at night. What I need is all within reach.
Though it might be small but here I have been able to entertain friends; spend quality time praying with or for friends, enjoy crafting time with them, experimenting and cooking yummy dishes to share with others, and most of all, it's a sanctuary where I seek God's face everyday.
By the way, I was at Times bookshop one day and found a book on minimalist living, goodbye, things by Fumio Sasaki. It's an interesting book about being happy with having less. Fumio Sasaki "lives in a tiny studio in Tokyo with three shirts, four pairs of trousers, four pairs of socks and not much else." That is really minimalist living indeed.
Compared with him, I have lots of stuffs - mostly craft supplies. ;-) But they are being utilised and truly, they are things that 'spark joy' ( Marie Kondo's most used phrase on decluttering).
Anyway, after much thoughts, I'm no longer wishing for more space or another room but rather be contented with what God has blessed me with and use whatever I have to the maximum for His glory and purpose.
So I can truly say that I am happy and contented with what I have and am so thankful to God for this tiny apartment I call 'home'.
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