…ever read an article that makes you want to respond immediately to it’s contents? Once in a while that happens to me, and I wish I could say I follow through every time. But anyways, this morning I read from “Relevant” magazine, an article called “Laying it Down. Learning to live with less in a culture of excess.” It was challenging.
Challenging as someone who has lived at various locations in the spectrum of a consumer-driven economy. Growing up on foodstamps, taking donations from churches for clothing/toys/food…to living “The American Dream”, owning two cars, a computer, a big screen, and enough credit card debt to last my lifetime. So many moments come where I want off this ride. This article brings into focus the reasons I would love to just quit being the consumer I’ve been trained to be. But what am I ready to change?
“Do the RED Thing”, the article brings up the RED campaign that became popular a while back…spending hundreds of millions on marketing, and raising less than 20 million for the actual cause. Ouch.
But what about an individual level? What does it mean to have “enough”? What does it mean to have too much? What excess can I begin to shed/let go of? What radical surrendering is Christ calling Chadwick Anderson to?
Do I love my daughter by spoiling her with every fun little toy possible, or love her by teaching her how to be content with little, and enabling her to give to others? These are definitely things I need to be thinking about now…and making the changes necessary now…and living towards others now.
And how about as a youth pastor? What defines a successful youth ministry/church? Tons of flat screens with video games, new couches/cafe seats, and an oversized sound/lighting system? Do I measure success by how many lives I’m able to touch? What does community look like in regards to “youth group”?
In 10 years, when the youth room looks the same, will everyone in the church appreciate that I’ve spent more time developing relationships than a flashy “club” or “program”? Lord help me…as an individual….as a part of this body….and as someone who feels Your call to lead others.