Upside Down / Inside Out Living

Our economy is driven by consumers. Producers react to consumers, but try to convince consumers to consume more. The heart of the consumer is himself / herself. The consumer decides what he/she wants and needs. Jamie Wright’s blog ( recently discussed a different way of thinking about missions:

“It’s not that I go around being as fake as the weight on my driver’s license. It’s just, I don’t want to be a loner, Dottie. No one does, for that matter. We’ve each, to some degree, developed the socially acceptable self (the one that talks about the weather and how work is going and how the kids are doing) and hidden the real self (the one that says gray days make them sad and work is fleeting compared to your passion and the kids are slipping away because you’re never there).”

Her comments seemed to chime in to a few thoughts bouncing in my head. How much does a faith based lifestyle contradict our economy? Most our fellow Americans strut their stuff by promoting themselves. That’s the way we ‘get ahead’ in life. Marketing, advertising, comparisons, cost analysis, profit margins, and moving up all seem to be motivators. How much does our educational system promote this type of thinking?

However, how should I think, act, teach, and counsel my students with this philosophy? If I am truly following the Great Shepherd, what should be the driving force in my lifestyle? It is not a check list of measuring up. It is not meeting the standards (what mediocrity). It is not getting ahead. I’m thinking, it should be much more than that!

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