How can we make one change in our lives this month to live more justly?
If we don't practice justice in our everyday lives, how can we advocate for others in the big stuff? Too often we compartmentalize. For instance, how can we take a stand against human trafficking while continuing to buy products that are manufactured in ways that exploit people? While most people don't intentionally contribute to systems of exploitation, it takes hard work and a lot of thought to maintain a consistent ethic. We need to take the time to educate ourselves on what companies are mindful of how they treat their workers on all levels, and even be willing to pay more for products at times. Once we know, we're responsible. As a jump start to living justly, why not take some time to get out of the practice of being mass consumers?
Here's the action item:
Take the month of October for the Less is More Mix, For Love146. The entire month of October we're choosing not to buy anything new but depending on God and each other to meet our needs. Feeling a fall chill in the air but don't have a sweatshirt? I have about ten that you can choose from. Your kid's backpack fell apart? Post it on the FB Love146 Lakeland Task Force page and I'm sure someone will take care of you. You wanted to win "most creative" at that upcoming Halloween party? Well, now is your chance.
Anything that you would buy, borrow instead.
If you're not in Lakeland, consider forming a group in your community.
Becoming more informed consumers will put more money in our pockets. However, the purpose of this is not so we can hold onto more of our money. We're sharing so we can have the margin to be free with our money, living with open hands. By the end of the month, we have the goal of raising $1000 for Love146. Think we can do it?
What changes can you think of to live more justly this month?