Have you heard of hygge?
Hygge is a Danish word pronounced “hue-guh” used to define a feeling or a moment in time when you have a sense of warmth, comfort, contentment, and living in the present.
The idea of hygge has taken the world by storm the past couple of years, and recently has even made its way into Christian circles.
But is Hygge biblical for Christian women?
As we have explored the ideas of self care and how as Christian women we care for ourselves to be able to serve others, why positive affirmations are dangerous, but meditating on God’s Word is vital for our Christian life, we wrap up by taking a look a hygge.
I believe hygge has become so popular in our culture today, because we have so emptied our lives of God that there is this deep longing for something meaningful in our lives.
And we somehow think that we’ll find that meaning in simplicity.
Sadly, this is true for much of the church as well.
Sermons are filled with more platitudes than Scripture and more personal affirmation than the gospel. Parishioners leave feeling good about themselves, but void of a real experience with Jesus Christ.
A feeling of calm in this chaotic world. A sense of meaning in a culture where everything is disposable, replaceable, and short-lived.
A sense of belonging in a world where relationships are 1-dimensional.
A sense of being settled and grounded in this fast-paced world where nothing is guaranteed, where our neighborhoods have revolving doors, and our lives are filled with shallow friendships.
Over the past decade as our culture has quite literally become a runaway train of the 9-5 being replaced with more demands from our employers for longer hours…
where our relaxing weekends have been replaced with working weekends, sports games, and all of the overflow from Monday-Friday that didn’t get done…
where technology has enabled us to be available 24/7, we’ve somehow tricked ourselves into thinking that the answer is found in simplicity.
Imitating the Amish.
And now hygge.
Is Hygge Biblical for Christian Women?
The meaning of hygge is the ability to be so present in the moment that we are able to have a sense of satisfaction, pleasure, comfort, and warmth from the most simple, ordinary things in life, like
- a cup of tea
- a cozy blanket
- fluffy socks
- a warm fire
and there isn’t anything inherently wrong in enjoying these simple things in life.
But there’s a trap here.
A dangerous trap.
A trap that even very godly people have fallen into, and it has lured them into this false sense of pleasure and enjoyment, even deceived them into the false narrative of a simplistic life.
Two reasons why hygge and the Christian walk are at complete odds with one another
1. Hygge is all about finding pleasure and comfort, warmth and peace, contentment and joy in the simple things in life.
In this moment. In this world.
Any pleasure derived in this life that doesn’t have God as the very source and doesn’t involve Jesus Christ being the central figure of our pleasure is a worldly pleasure.
A false pleasure.
Any pleasure that seeks tangible things in this natural world, and not our heavenly reward, as it’s source of contentment is a deception.
Does this mean we aren’t to enjoy a nice cup of tea by a warm fire? Absolutely not.
But it does mean that if we’re looking for that deep sense of pleasure, comfort, warmth…that deep sense of inner peace, and we think we can find in a hygge life, we’ve been deceived.
The Christian walk is all about finding our pleasure and comfort, peace and joy, and above all our contentment in Jesus Christ!
No matter now simple or chaotic our life is.
No matter how much drama is going on around us.
We are able to to live in pleasure, comfort, peace and contentment because the Holy Spirit lives inside of us, and is the source of this incorruptible joy!
And this pleasure, contentment, peace, and joy are truly incorruptible because they are more than just a feeling. They are a tangible gift of God – who never gives us gifts that are short-lived.
His gifts are eternal and are independent of the corruptible things of the world: like tea, a warm fire, and fluffy socks.
2. Hygge traps our hearts in this world.
Hygge is all about finding pleasure and contentment in the tangible things in this world. It’s about slowing down and becoming present in this moment.
But the Christian walk is all about finding joy in the fact that our names are written in glory; taking our minds out of this moment and fixing our eyes on eternity!
It’s about remembering that we are not of this world, we are ambassadors sent from God to this world for a single purpose: to make disciples of all nations!
Hygge is about living in this natural world and completely leaves out the spiritual realm.
The Christian walk emphasizes the fact that the spiritual realm is even more real that this natural world, because this natural world will pass away, but the spiritual realm is eternal!
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:1-2
The danger that even many godly people have succumbed to is that they have allowed their hearts to become some captivated by the things in this natural world that the spiritual realm has become fuzzy and distant to them.
This is especially true for Christians in western countries.
We are bloated with much stuff; we have filled our minds with so much information; we have filled our souls with so much noise of technology that our lives have become divorced from a sense of the spiritual realm.
Rather than living with a sense of spiritual realm being ever present around us, we live in this one-dimensional world where all we hear and see are the things in this natural world.
The voice of the Holy Spirit is distant and muted.
Our ability to discern deception has become dull.
The ability to immediately connect current events and daily situations with a spiritual significance has become weakened.
And it’s because we are far too connected with this natural world!
It is time to seek God’s kingdom again!
It is time to fix our eyes on Jesus again!
It is time to remember who we are again: that we are children of God, we are not of this world, we have a heavenly citizenship!
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;” Philippians 3:20
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- Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an Associates of Practical Theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of A Little R & R where she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.