Non-Guilt-Trippy Ways To Live Lightly And Consume Less

Many Christians these days are trying to consume less, and they’re doing so for a variety of reasons. For some, in the wake of the economic downturn, thrift is a simple necessity. Others, inspired by books such as Shane Claiborne’s The Irresistible Revolution, Jen Hatmaker’s 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess (among others) strive for simplicity for the sake of the health of God’s creation and for the sake of our neighbors–both local and global–who must do without even the basic necessities of life. It’s no secret Americans spend–and waste–a lot. But how do we begin to consume less? And once we become aware of the horrific conditions under which much of our ‘stuff’ is made, how do we avoid being overwhelmed by all the injustice that may lie behind our new phone or pair of jeans? And even if we simplify by paring down our wants, what do we do when we actually need to buy something?

Here are some simple strategies to help you live lightly without being overwhelmed by it all.

{This is the beginning of my most recent piece for iBelieve. Click here to continue reading.}

Shane Claiborne on Practicing Resurrection in Philly

Last week, I had the joy of hearing and seeing Shane Claiborne at the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College. He gave a great talk (which made me cry) and then I happened to literally brush arms with him next to him at a book stall:

Thanks man, I said.

It’s great to be here, he said, so genuine, with humility not manufactured or feigned.

(By the way, readers, that’s a question I have. Is it possible to describe in words what makes someone or something feel/seem authentic or inauthentic?)

Anyway, Shane has this great post up at the Huffington Post on urban gardening in Philadelphia. Here’s a taste:

One of the most beautiful things we get to do here at The Simple Way is plant gardens in the concrete jungle of North Philadelphia — and see kids discover the miracle of life, and fall in love with the Creator of life. Gardens have a special place in the human story. After all God first planted humanity in a garden in Eden. And the most redemptive act in history began in a garden in Gethsemane. And the story ends in Revelation with the image of the garden taking over the City of God, with the river of life flowing through the city center and the tree of life piercing the urban concrete.

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I will never forget the haunting words of a neighborhood kid who once said years ago, “It’s easier to get a gun in our neighborhood than it is to get a salad.”

Read Shane’s piece here.

Wishing you a lovely weekend! Peace & xo…