A fellow journeyer of life sent this to me and I loved it. Absolutely loved it. He was in a small town in Washington State named Troutlake. He said it was posted in a cafe in town. These are definitely some people I could get with!
In light of our recent economic crisis we’re all sharing in, it’s causing many of us to question life, our purpose and what really matters in life. Things like money, work, consumer goods, and fancy cars are being replaced with things like sharing, gardening, volunteering and community. Maybe crisis really is our friend afterall?
Nevertheless, I want to aspire to live by more of these. I need things like this to remind me of a direction and to keep me from just thinking about myself all the time. I think this is amazing and totally fitting in my world today.
My favorites are:
Learn from new and uncomfortable angles, Garden Together and Play Together.
The one I want to move most toward is “leave your house know your neighbors.”
Check out the list – what are your favorites? How is your life moving toward these?
…is the buying part.
Check out this very quick post by marketing guru Seth Godin.
I love Seth. I read him and subscribe to him. But this is the consumerism that scares me. It all scares me, but the simplicity of this is unbelievable.
Buying never satisfies. It’s the world’s most accepted form of Heroin. Our economy is driven and actually measured by it. We actually measure how “well” our economy is doing by its’ production and consumption.
Let’s, as a “called out people,” stop this hypnotic dance with the world. How incredible and earth shaking would it be…if Christians started to recognize this trance of consumerism we’ve fallen into. We’d suddenly not fit into this system very well would we? Right now, we’re “okay.” We’re accepted – actually we’re loved. Because we consume…a lot. Everything must change.
Tramps like us…
“Since 1913, the United States witnessed only one other year of such unequal wealth distribution — 1928, the year before the stock market crashed, according to Jared Bernstein, a senior fellow at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington.”
I wish this quote wasn’t true. I wish I could post about how things in the United States were improving…that the gap between the wealthy and poor was diminshing – but it’s not. It’s getting worse, much worse.
One of the leading hedge fund managers, John Paulson, made $3.7 billion dollars in 2007. No typo here…it really is $3.7 billion…BILLION…in one year…for one man. It’s 14 times more than Oprah Winfrey and 32 times more than Tiger Woods made last year!
Is the gap really widening? The amount executives are making is 18 times more than they did in 2002. It’s clearly widening.
If you can stomach it, click here for the full article.
The Tension: A year ago – I’d be defending these executives. They work hard-They risk big-They deserve every penny they make. But I can’t do it anymore. This world’s system is all about “getting mine” no matter at whose expense. As long as I get mine – it doesn’t matter if you “get yours.” This is the ultimate in self-protection. There is so much here. This is what this blog is about. How do we, as a called out people, operate completely in contrast to this world’s system? A recent Barna study revealed that Christianity is so closely connected to consumerism that believers can barely be distinguished from the outside culture. “Barely” may even be a stretch. We’ve got to look different. We’ve got to subvert this empire. This is why I blog. To share with you how I’m being transformed and to hear how each of you are being transformed. How the decisions you’re making don’t make any sense to the world and even to the Christian system. How your lives are being invaded and taken over by a new Kingdom culture…and to hear how instead of this being depressing…its actually the best thing that’s ever happened to you!!
Please don’t be quiet any longer. The world is listening. Other disciples are listening. We need to share and hear from each other.
How is the Kingdom culture invading your life? How is your world being turned upside down?