Recycled T-shirts?

February 27, 2007

Thinking about simplicity in Lent made me realise that being simple doesn’t mean we have to parade as eco-warriors wearing recycled t-shirts.  

Instead it’s about realising that if want to prevent people having involuntary poverty that maybe we could embrace some forms of voulntary poverty, such as paying more for our coffee or bananas to ensure someone receives a fair wage for them.

Every day of our lives we have been lied to; the world has given us a formula for happiness saying: money+sex+power= happiness.  We’re told that if we want to be loved and fit in then we must fight our own way and not submit to anyone.  The formula God has given is that poverty+chastity+obedience=happiness.

How many times have you bought something because you wanted to keep up with fashion rather than because you needed it?  We’ve muddled our wants and needs, meaning we buy too many shoes, we replace our hi-fi’s because we don’t want our old model even though it works perfectly fine.

Not eco warriors, but people who choose God’s formula for happiness, not the world’s.

We are in the world but choose to not be of it!

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9 Responses to “Recycled T-shirts?”

  1. DulceDiana said

    This goes perfectly with what a good friend always says, “Lord don’t bless my (insert here)but I want YOUR (insert here).

  2. John said

    God calls us to a lifestyle that is different from that of the world. Identifying and carrying out that lifestyle can be difficult. Thank you for helping me think about these issues today.

  3. This is the way to true freedom.

  4. Steve said

    Thank you for the reminder.

    Blessings.

    Steve.

    http://newpsalms.wordpress.com/

  5. This is a different way of thinking of leading a ministry-conscious lifestyle. I like it, thanks.

  6. Sis. Julie said

    We sure do need to be in the world but not of it!! Unfortunately there are alot of saved people that are just that….of the world!!! I don’t ever want to be guilty of that.

  7. “Instead it’s about realising that if want to prevent people having involuntary poverty that maybe we could embrace some forms of voulntary poverty, such as paying more for our coffee or bananas to ensure someone receives a fair wage for them.”

    I think others pay a great price for
    our..my…convenience.
    I am thinking globaly today after reading your post.
    Thanks

  8. Joni said

    “Instead it’s about realising that if want to prevent people having involuntary poverty that maybe we could embrace some forms of voulntary poverty, such as paying more for our coffee or bananas to ensure someone receives a fair wage for them.”

    That’s an amazingly profound statement for me. Living on one income, I consider it part of my job to find the least expensive goods and services humanly possible to make ends meet. The idea of choosing to pay more when I have the option, to make sure someone receives a fair wage never crossed my mind. Especially as a measure of voluntary poverty. Hmm. I’ll have to rethink a few things.

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