Monday, August 30, 2010

Letting Go...the rich young ruler

As we begin to purge our house of the extra stuff, some recycle, some trash some Craig's List treasures we just don't need anymore, it feels very exciting and liberating. The thought of using our leftovers to leverage into a meaningful help for Africa comes at very little cost.

It wasn't until some of my favorites possessions came into question, like my Anthropologie kitchen table, a tea pot from my grandma or a Crate n Barrel side table that just makes me warm inside to look at it. It was as if I could hear Jesus saying to the rich young ruler, "sell all of your possessions and give them to poor and follow me". But Lord, I don't want them to be wasted. The investments I have made on these treasures will not be restored to me. I don't think the idea of being without my treasures bothers me as much as the idea of the lack of return on my investment. How much have I spent to create the wonderful encumbering web?

Looking forward I want to be able to just say "yes". I will follow you Lord. I will walk away from my earthy accumulations without hesitation. I will give you the little I have to mix with your endless supply. Use me as you will and let eternal investments be sewn.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

One For One Movement - A Pair Of New Shoes Is Given To A Child In Need With Every Pair Purchased -

One For One Movement - A Pair Of New Shoes Is Given To A Child In Need With Every Pair Purchased -

A fresh look...

Ethiopia is on my mind. I can't shake it. Everything I see and interact with is anchored on the hue of children eating from the piles and piles of trash. I don't want to just be disgusted. I want to contribute to betterment. Not to have pride that I am the answer but to genuinely be moved with compassion that stirs me so deeply I am willing to step aside from my selfishness.
Life to the fullest is about living life with my family in my community with a world wide mindset. Compassion is met with contributions toward betterment.