I’m inspired by ordinary radicals who work with what they’ve got to change the world one step at a time. I don’t actually know if things will be different for the world…or simply if something is internally different for them…either way, this is a pebble in a pond…life in the Way of Jesus (and for that matter, what I implicitly mean…this is about being more fully human). A co-worker recently blogged about her family’s own Christmastime tradition. I loved it. Thanks Gretchen:
In addition to drawing names we find a cause to support with the money we would otherwise spend on things we don’t need. Last year our family bought a pig we fondly nicknamed “Mrs. Bacon” … this year we’ll be buying a goat. Our barnyard purchases are a part of World Vision’s gift catalog which allow ordinary people to bless families across the world with things they actually need. For just $75, our little goat will give a family consistent dairy, an income source, and fertilizer for crops.
Anyone want to go goat shopping?
Also–don’t forget about “Make Something Day“. While Black Friday is all about a day where we reinvest our carefully earned dollars back into the GDP of Empire, feeding our own culture of never having enough and always wanting something more, camping outside of the mall waiting (like vultures) to swoop down on socks and trinkets that will need replacing several months down the road; Make something Day is all about using your time and energies, creativities and sense of beauty to craft presents or gifts for others–gifts as special as they are. My own personal sense of what it means to be fully human includes Artistry, Creativity, and connection with Beauty. This is a celebration that everyone benefits from.
And finally…on a similar note: The Advent Conspiracy. This was actually started by a local Portland Oregon community of Christ followers looking to connect with the true and subversive story of the origins of Christianities founder: Jesus. Their understand tied in with 4 statements they drew from that birth story of Jesus.
1) Worship Fully–know the creator…enter into relationship with creation…love your neighbor…
2) Spend Less
3). Give More–one reason why New Testament “tithing” doesn’t exist is because it was too much of a low bar…10% is an easy way off the hook. Give more, more of your time, more of your self, more of your possessions…on and on…
4) Love All.
Things are cha-cha-changing…
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