I am a hypocrite. This is a realization I have come to after working nearly five years in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Being employed at this particular non-profit has given me the opportunity to work with real cases of poverty and abandonment. I go to food pantries and talk with the … Continue reading I Am A Hypocrite
You may know of a story in the Bible that features Pilate; if not, here’s a summary. He stood before an angry crowd of people accusing a man named Jesus the Messiah of blasphemy, because his teachings challenged the systems that benefited the elite and did harm to the most vulnerable. In an effort to … Continue reading Our Savior, Jesus Barabbas.
Everything is spiritual, even our spending. What we buy, how we buy it, when we buy it, how impulsively we buy it all pertains to our spiritual life. A person made the thing, grew the thing, sewed the thing, transported the thing everything we purchase is not limited to the store. I have come to … Continue reading Spirituality of Spending
The first step toward a life of contentment realizing that you already have enough. Everything beyond shelter, clothing, warmth, food and a place to rest is extra. Wealth is not measured by money in the bank; but by safety, shelter and sustenance. Enough is the sweet spot you find between too little and too much. … Continue reading Content
One blistering cold afternoon I was filling up my gas tank in my warm coat, shoes, gloves, socks and pants. As I was completing my transaction, a young man approached me and asked if I was in a hurry. Without hesitation I said yes, but asked them what they needed. “My girlfriend and I need … Continue reading Simplicity and Generosity
There is a certain unity that is implicit in others and avoided at great cost. The sick, bare, shelterless, those in prison and hungry desire to experience relief from their suffering. The prophet Amos writes of times of drought and turmoil to those who had ancestors called by the Divine to care for those who are … Continue reading Return
My journey toward simplicity began with my closet. Brimming with dress shirts, khakis, dress pants, polos, t-shirts, graphic tees, flannels and jeans, my closet and dresser had enough clothing for me to go two full months before needing to do laundry. Laying it all on my bed I began to shuffle through it finding items … Continue reading I started with my closet.