Can you live a sustainable lifestyle without being materialistic?
The truth is
"Materialism breeds Unhappiness!"
There are studies conducted about happiness in the US and it turned that money and other material things don't really add up to a person's happiness.
The more money a person has, the greedier he/she becomes.
According to Celestine Chua in her email to me,
A materialistic person is vested in owning material possessions and equates them to happiness. This is especially so if the ownership of possessions is motivated by emotional reasons (such as to look better, to feel better, to convey a status symbol) rather than functional reasons (to improve productivity, to communicate with others).
I understand that many people are really fixated on making money, of course, who would not want it anyway.
It's not about the money!
Materialism is not just about money, but anything that can hinder not just personal growth but spiritual growth can be considered as materialism.
However, the theory also suggests by Karl Marx that human need first to satisfy the basic needs such as water, food, clothing, shelter before they can deal with the religious aspect of their life.
But to me, its actually seeking God first in everything that we do. This means relying on everything unto him.
We do not need to worry about our needs, its already being taken care of. All we have to do is to “Cast all your worries unto him because He cares."1 Peter 5:7.
When we talk about sustainable lifestyle, its all about being resilient and prepared for the life to come.
In other words, we have to be able to provide our own foods through country living.
We need a balance in our life.
Not just to enjoy what the world has to offer us in terms of fancy and luxury material things, but also the surroundings that we live in.
My answer to the question,
Is it possible to live a sustainable lifestyle without being materialistic?
Here are my top three tips on how to avoid being too materialistic.
Our mother earth has lots to offer.
Nature is a gift from God.
Be a volunteer.
Participate in a core group advocating environmental protection and community development. You can check your community and become a volunteer. There is no cost to it.
Do it yourself gardening.
Let us not pollute our world.
Without it, we die.
It's better to live in a rustic place waking up with the tweets of the birds than living in the noise of the city.
Let your happiness be found in every air that you breathe and in every star that you can see in the sky.
Life is short.
Not about having all the things that you want, but the things that you really need.
Prioritize. Prioritize. Prioritize.
As the Bible puts it, "We cannot serve two masters at the same time. Matt. 6:24"
Its either we chose worldly pleasures or heavenly kingdom. We can live sustainably by being a good steward of the things that our Creator has given us.
Our life is not made of the things that consume us, but by the things, we used for His purpose.
Learn how to choose between two great things in life.
Read this book review here.
Thank and hope you enjoy it.