Tuesday, August 31, 2010

shopping.

above is a photograph with our two dearest friends we made working at ugm this summer. they are wonderful men with spectacular senses of humor, and both possess the willingness to open up and be vulnerable about their struggles and their triumphs. i hope i will still see them now that the season of summer is coming to a close. and no, chris and i do not usually color coordinate our outfits.

i'm thinking a lot lately about obedience, about hearing a hard word from Jesus and not shying away from it. following Jesus is costly. lately this has been directed specifically at the kind of products i am purchasing. i hope you trust me when i say this is not because i am jumping aboard the hip, trendy bandwagon of green living, because i live in seattle or because i attend a school that is very sensitive to justice issues around the world. those things are certainly factors, but i think the driving reason behind my desire to change lies in this verse:

"The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. "


isaiah 8:11

and another:

"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."

romans 12:2

and i am just wondering: what would my life look like if i really questioned the choices i was making, rather than going along with the way everyone else does it? what would change? are my groceries pleasing to the Lord? what about the clothes i buy? and even (God forbid) the candy i like? am i supporting companies that practice fair labor laws and are sensitive to their environmental impact? and don't i have a responsibility as a Christian to make sure my money doesn't support injustice or careless destruction of the earth?

chris just bought this little book, and we'll be studying it over the next few weeks to better inform our shopping choices. it's hard, because it seems inconvenient at times. i won't always get to go with what's fastest or cheapest. but God has told me that i am not to think like the rest of the world. and how can we be people of blessing if we aren't any different than the world?

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