This post was guest-written by Sarah – I’ve written about her spending fast previously HERE. Today marks the end of her 365 day spending fast – Congratulations!!!
=== Sarah’s post ===
I’m Greedy. So what?
Once, a baby peed all over my lap because his mom didn’t have any diapers. Once, I held the hand of a homeless man who was in agony, and he couldn’t tell me why. Once, a woman said “God bless you!!” with a huge, toothless smile when I had only given her half a sandwich.
The poor exist because we have not learned to love our neighbor as ourselves. (credit to Shane Claiborne for opening my eyes to that in a whole new way…)
I claim to be a Christian; to follow Jesus Christ. “Love your neighbor as yourself” is his commandment, second only to loving God with all we are. It’s funny how those link hand-in-hand so closely. If we claim to love God without loving our neighbor, can God’s love really be in us? (1 John 3:17) Recently, I’ve begun to see how much I am failing at this. I am greedy! So what?
“If you have two coats, one of them belongs to the poor.” – Dorothy Day (…but the guy that baptized Jesus said it first!)
I have three coats. Actually, four.
I buy myself things I don’t need all the time. Those shoes that were on sale. That little dress I might wear… someday. A wall hanging I just fell in love with. More CD’s, books, movies – why not?!
I’m afraid to count how many t-shirts are in my drawer.
We all buy things we don’t need, and we all have neighbors that need. So what?
You already know this – we live in a community and nation that is obsessed with more, bigger, better. The more we get, the more we want. Our stuff “expires” fast and then we want to buy more stuff. When will we stop believing in stuff? Meanwhile, your neighbor has an empty fridge. My neighbor has no friends. Their neighbor has no home. Still, so what?
We have an opportunity to change things; the only thing I can change is me.
Will you join me?
As a result of personal conviction on this issue, I realize I need to confess my greed and throw it away. So I confess to you now – I am greedy, and I am sorry! On March 21st 2011, I resolved to buy nothing new for myself for 365 days. I will shop at second hand stores only. I will borrow and share. I will give what I do not need to those who need it more. I want to be free from always wanting, and I pray this resolution changes me from the inside out. Every time I see something new that I want to buy, instead I’ll turn to God and say thanks for all the ways He has already taken care of me. Filled and inspired by the love of Jesus, I’ll throw my old self away and put on a new way to live. (Ephesians 4:21-24)
Will you join me in buying nothing new for a day, a week, a month, a year, whatever you choose…? Instead, give that money to someone you know that needs it, or take a bag of groceries to the food bank or a friend, or support your local church, or sponsor a child through Compassion, or send some flowers.
Will you let it change you?
=== End of Sarah’s post ===
One of the finest and most convicting posts I’ve read in some time. Your thoughts?