I’m reading a book (well actually I’m reading several books) that uses the term “consumerism culture”. I’ve thought about our desire to have more, be more, look a certain way at times. I’ve had a few discussions but then easily move on and just keep shopping, moving piles of belongings and occasionally sorting things our to sell or share with others. This book is actually making me think about how consumerism effects us beyond our piles of stuff. Today I read this “Through the influence of our consumer culture we’ve come to believe that transformation is attained through external experiences.” (Skye Jethani, The Divine Commodity) That made me think about “changing it up” as I talked about yesterday. I talked about my knowing that if I keep “doing” the same things the same way I will get the same result. Each time I start over on something I think this time I’ll…but if my thoughts never settle into a commitment, a resolution it just won’t happen. I want the ache in my neck to go away so I go to a chiropractor. He does an adjustment and I want it to be gone, no exercises or applying heat/ice etc, just gone. (and immediate relief would be great, thank you very much) However, the truth is the only way to get lasting relief is to participate in my own care. I need to stretch my muscles, then strengthen them so that they won’t allow my spine to get out of alignment as easily.
The same is true in our spiritual life. In this day and age there is information at every turn. We want to listen and read what others say about God to fill our own spirits. We go to church and want to experience some encouragement. Now don’t get me wrong these things are good things and should be a part of our life. But that’s it, they should just be a part of our life. If I am dependent on my Sunday Morning (or whenever) church time for my main source of nourishment I’m going to be weak before the next Sunday rolls around. When we are weak and tired we make poor decisions and often become sick. But, if I go to church as just one part of my nourishment, say a protein drink, my daily meals will keep me going and Sunday church will give me a boost! An added benefit too is that we won’t be so needy and critical of the church service itself. If it is just supplement to our diet a taste we don’t like one week won’t send us looking for another place to worship. We will be full enough to sustain until the next time when the flavor might be different.
Consumerism culture, wanting something out of everything. How has it effected your life?