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Purpose-Driven Purging

Minimalism Is Not the New Christian Approach to Managing Possessions
by Harma-Mae Smit

Whatever happened to materialism? What happened to the unapologetic celebration of glitz, the songs about the accumulation of stuff, the vaunting of consumerist culture? The prancing "material girl" and the slicked-back "greed-is-good" tycoon have receded. Materialism has retreated with a whimper, still existent, but unable to deny that stuff, stuff, stuff cannot fulfill. People point at the inescapable flaws: More stuff can make you more anxious, not less. It doesn't bring you everlasting happiness. It can stand in the way of your fully developing your potential, and it can hold you down in a place . . .

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Harma-Mae Smit lives in Edmonton, Canada, where she works as a library assistant and studies theology at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary. She is a professing member of Immanuel Canadian Reformed Church. Her work has previously appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Edmonton Journal, and Reformed Perspective magazine.

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