THE GREAT PURGE
I want to make the world a better place. For a number of reasons (because it’s the right thing to do. Because I’ve been tasked to be a good steward. Because I want my boys to have a world to inhabit. And so on). But I’m only one person. I have a full-time job, a part-time paying job, and responsibilities that don’t lend well to me working for an environmental group on a volunteer basis. But I know change is dependent on individuals, and I know I can do something.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” (This is actually a cutesy phrase taken from Gandhi who said, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. ... We need not wait to see what others do.”) But I digress.
I can do something. I can start with making the world a better place by doing what I can, with my people, in my home. And so I’m going to purge stuff in our house. Tsh Oxenreider reminds me,
Our landfills are overflowing. The vehicles we use to cart all of our stuff have created the worst air quality in history. It’s not a scare tactic; it’s the truth - if we want a decent life our ourselves, let alone our children’s children, we must be much better stewards of our possessions. Our dependence on superfluous stuff has resulted in damage to our air, our local water, our soil, and our oceans, both for us and for our neighboring countries.
So this is my current challenge at hand. I’m going to purge for three days. And then I’m going to see how much I’ve contributed to the landfill and consumeristic mindset. I’m hoping for some freedom through the and a chance to do my part. But I’m also hoping for a more compelling reason too. Josh Becker says,
I used to view Jesus’ teachings—on money and possessions and generosity and not stockpiling treasures on earth—as a sacrifice I was called to make today so I could have greater rewards in eternity. But I began to realize that Jesus was just offering us a better formula for living.
Crazy how it’s all connected. I want to live more like Christ intended. Make the world a better place. And purge stuff. Join me. Give one thing away each day, three things for three days, or three things an hour for one day. Whatever works for you. Start here. Purge.