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February 22, 2015


We waste so much while others go hungry. We are quick to buy without thinking. Every time I think we are moving away from careless consumption, I am brought up short by my own habits and actions.

It is easy to get lost and overwhelmed by the work it takes to become a “perfect” consumer. Don’t shop here, don’t buy these brands, make your own, but don’t buy supplies made over there. Defeated before you even begin.

A couple of weeks ago, our local food pantry was completely empty. A call went out to several congregations asking for help. Our church was assigned (possibly we volunteered, I don’t have the specific details) protein – canned tuna.  How easy! When someone gives you the first step it doesn’t feel quite so hard.  Love your neighbor. Share your abundance.

I want that attitude to become a habit. When we buy, I want to do so intentionally and responsibly. When we are throwing food away, I want to stop and think if there is a way to turn it into another meal. I want to remember what we throw away and stop buying so much of it! And while I am learning all of those things,  I want to continue to shop, cook, and serve meals with joy. I will keep practicing.

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  1. Rina Macasaet permalink
    February 22, 2015 6:26 pm

    I like this! The only way for me to not over buy is to make a list of what I need for the week. I buy what’s on the list and that’s it! No matter how tempting the promo or sale item is, if it’s not on the agenda, i do my best to stick to my list keeping it short and precise!

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