Three Reasons We Decided to Become Full Time RVers | Part 2


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Our Road to Full Time

I just realized there’s kind of a pun in that statement… ha our ROAD to full time. I sure hope I’m not the only one laughing at how silly that sounds now. Welcome back to our very first blog series about the RV — We’re talking about the three reasons we decided to sell our home and mostly everything we own to be full time RVers and photographers. Last post in this series, we shared our number one reason. We’re officially on the journey to being debt free and are getting the snowball rolling. If you aren’t familiar with any of these terms, we highly encourage you to search Dave Ramsey and the seven baby steps to being debt free!

Today though, we’re sharing the second reason we decided to full time RV. It’s just as close to our hearts and man does it stem from a major place of conviction. We struggled so badly with this, and if I were speaking for myself (Tristan), I would say this was the number 1 reason I DIDN’T want to full time when it came down to it.

Reason #2 for Full Time RVing

Being full time RVers is a big step towards us pursuing a life of minimalism. Now before you go and get all weird on me, let’s talk about something. Minimalism can kind of be a taboo topic these days since it’s trendy, and I’m by no means using the word or changing my lifestyle to follow a singular movement. Using that term over others though, helps to portray our thoughts and convictions a little better. OK — still with me? Let’s move on 😉

Remember in the last post how I shared that God was really working on our hearts during our rebrand and social media hiatus? Well one of the other ways He was really molding our hearts and shaping us was in the area of STUFF. Being BOUND by stuff. Suffocated. Shackled. I wouldn’t openly admit that a few months ago, because we claimed to live a minimalist lifestyle even in our home. But looking back, I’m calling bullcrap on that.

The Lie

Many people have this idea that if you’re a minimalist you can only own 100 things, or you have to live in some hipster/remote place, or something crazy like that. But our personal definition to pursuing minimalism, isn’t for the sake of being minimalist or fitting into the movement. We don’t even define it that way. God really wanted us to see how BOUND by our STUFF we were. We defined ourselves by it. Our house, our decorating style, the name brand of our sweatshirts, what kind of boots we wore, which cars we drive, what restaurants we ate at, where our groceries came from — all of our STUFF made us who we were. It was swallowing us whole. I think in the back of our minds in our sinful nature, we thought all of these things would make us happy. They would fill the void in our hearts that we didn’t know was there.

The Truth

As our hearts started shifting, we started seeing how much we really needed God even in those small areas of our lives. Our hearts wanted more stuff — maybe it would heal those wounds of rejection, remove the bitterness we had, or even reverse the lies we believed from the enemy. But guess what? It didn’t. Only God can do that. All of this STUFF we had, all of the labels we had tied ourselves to, were just chaining us down and defining us to be people who we didn’t want to be.

We believe God calls us to be aliens on earth, to live a life unlike anyone else’s — and this is a way we think God is calling us to that. He wants us to surrender all of our STUFF and be content in HIM ALONE. In Christ alone, our hope is found.

What Does Minimalism Have to Do With That?

So let’s try to land the plane y’all. With all of that being said, by ridding ourselves of these THINGS and really having only our needs and a few wants with us in our RV, we’re forced to lean on Jesus. Call on Him in our times of struggle. God wants our hearts and we want to give it to him. We’re using the minimalist approach to pursue freedom.

As the founders of the movement on their website say, “Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.” The what’s important part is JESUS for us. Jesus over everything. So we’re following God’s call for us in obedience, even if it isn’t easy and doesn’t feel normal at all.

Here are some of the goals we have in pursuing Jesus and a minimal lifestyle:

  • Eliminate our discontent
  • Reclaim our time
  • Live IN the moment
  • Pursue our passions
  • Discover our missions
  • Experience real freedom in CHRIST
  • Create more, consume less
  • Focus on our health
  • Grow together and as individuals
  • Follow God’s purpose for our lives
  • Contribute beyond ourselves

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