Right-Sizing in 2011

It seems that 2011 is the year of less is more.  Or at least that’s what we’re telling ourselves.  Households are making due with less, schools, hospitals, governments are all re-examining how resources can be more efficiently utilized.  What was once called down-sizing, I’ve heard called right-sizing.  Perhaps this is a euphesism.  An opiate of the masses if you will attempting to help us, the general public, feel better about earning less, purchasing less, having less.  But as a pastor, I can’t help but think of right-sizing may be more than just a politically correct turn of phrase.  We have spent and consumed more than our homes and bodies can hold.  The decrease in our o-zone and the increase in our pant-size suggest we are in need of a size adjustment.  Well, maybe not your pant-size, but mine.  Now for those who know me, you may be thinking, yeah, get over it.  But hear me out.  Over the last year, I’ve handled the stress of budget cuts, staff reductions, and program re-structures with increasing my consumption.  And I’m not just talking about calories here.  I mean I have used the importance of ministry.  Of being there for and with others as an excuse to indulge.  I’ve become a regular at the Turkey Hill down the street where I get coffee–and often forget to take my travel mug or better yet use the excuse that I’m so busy attempting to save the world that I don’t have time to wash my mug.  This same pattern repeats with re-usable grocery bags and meals-on-the-run.  In my attempts to do justice, I’ve become part of the problem.  So, today I come clean.  Today I say no more.  For the last week I have brewed my own coffee, eaten whole foods, and managed to say no to tasks outside my boundaries.  The world did not come to a screeching halt.  The sky did not fall.  And I lost 2.5 pounds.  So, there you have it.  The beginning of my journey.  Right-Sizing myself body, mind, and soul and seeking a way to be a better steward of my own being and resources.

Quotes for the Week:

Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you. (1 Corinthians 6:19)

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility t live otherwise than according to the demand of our own conscience (Leo Tolstoy)

You are what you eat.  (Ubiquitous quote from health class that may actually have something to say.)