When is enough truly enough?
Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat lead a lifestyle that would challenge many - they live on an off the grid organic farm near Toronto in Canada.
They are in Australia for the TEAR Australia Conference where they have been speaking about what is enough and how to live life as God's people in what they call "a captivated world".
The Western culture has become accustomed to a life of "consumerist insatiability".
We can begin to find a better lifestyle by replacing this "consumerist insatiability" with passion.
Whilst insatiability creates a certain kind of passion, that of longing for more, it seldoms creates a numbness.
We should Instead engage with the world rather than just consume things.
Having the ability to think beyond to what things really are instead of what they appear to be and the ability to be animated by a biblical imagination.
The questions we should all be asking ourselves are - whose story do you want your life to tell and what story will animate and shape your life, your imagination??
In our quest for a sustainable way of life the Western culture has been captivated by economic growth and progress - known in the Scriptures as idolatory. This economic growth holds us captive and we can't see beyond its purview.
By striving for a narrative of hope in all things we can begin to rectify this. Simply by being involved in communities of hospitality and welcome or spending money on fewer things and more important things.
Communities can begin to live a better life through compassion and forgiveness.
Compassion is what happens when love meets brokeness.
Forgiveness is where love meets betrayal.
Picture credit: TEAR Australia