Blessed are those with things…

Blessed are those with things…







I sometimes follow a cartoon strip called Buttersafe and this week as I was doing a bit of catchup of older strips, I came across these two that are both so simple and yet powerful:

This is a perfect advert for Common Change, the non-profit I work for, as we are all about using the resources you have [while joining together with a group of friends to do so] to meet the needs of those you care about [those people who are in and around your life – the problem in this particular cartoon above].

And the second is like it [and hopefully a reminder for us to take a long hard look at the things we own and how we spend our money, time and energy and see if there are not some changes that perhaps need to be made while we still have access to the feelings]:

 [For an interesting post taking a deeper look at the relationship between Poverty and Inequality, click here]

[To take a deeper look at the question of giving poor people a hand up or not, click here]

[To look at the possibilities of  living a waste-free life, click here]

Brett Anderson

Brett "Fish" Anderson from South Africa (the country) is passionate about seeing the church live out what it says it believe in all areas of life. He is married to the beautiful Val (tbV) and hates raiSINs with a different kind of passion.
  • Abigail Bevan

    Food for thought!

  • Yaholo (@Yaholo)

    My thought on this is that while it is a sobering look at how we can appear on the outside, we are not really aware of this on the inside. As we are “getting things” we see it internally as providing for our families, protecting ourselves from the world, and trying to attain status and respect.

    “Materialism bad, spiritual good” is something we can all nod our heads at (and is a good sermon outline for the Hulk) but we need to take the time to inspect our motives, otherwise we don’t even know what we are doing, or how to act differently.

  • Brett Anderson

    Those are great words Yaholo, especially the truth about the Hulk. And yes, simply creating “Materialism bad, spiritual good” posters is not the solution for two reasons in particular:

    [1] the spiritual/secular divide which we feed which is just not true – because God wants to be invited and included into everything we do, it means that everything becomes spiritual

    [2] What you said about checking out our motivation is essential – why do we do the things we do, closely followed by ‘why don’t we do the things we don’t do’

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