mount goodwill

February 26, 2007 | 4 Comments

This is a picture of ‘mount goodwill’ – aptly titled by someone from Pathways. The picture doesn’t quite seem to do it justice but there was enough here to fill three SUV/Minivans. (This is suburbia, after all!)

We’ve been wrestling with what it looks like to live as followers of Jesus in our culture of consumerism. How can we live as those who live in the giving way of Jesus when the dominant influence of our culture is to get and receive? I introduced this question last week, and we challenged everyone to think about the excess they have. We asked everyone to go through their closets and bring back any extra clothes or shoes they have the following Sunday, and Mount Goodwill is the result.

I’m thrilled that we will be able to spread these clothes to a number of organizations in our community that can help distribute them to people that need them. I’m equally thrilled at how people from Pathways responded. There was a general sense from most that they had this desire to purge, and just needed a reason and opportunity to do so. I hope that for all of us this is just the beginning of us wrestling with a number of difficult questions.

  • Cool stuff, John. Some friends and I have been discussing some of these same issues, lately. Here are a couple of the struggles that we’ve run into.

    In getting rid of things we don’t need, how do we avoid making it an act of convenience instead of generosity, where we clear out all the things that have been collecting dust, but plenty that we really like – or how do we make this an actual sacrifice, not just “spring cleaning in the name of Jesus”?

    Generosity can sometimes look like dieting. We get rid of all that extra weight, but have a hard time keeping it off. Not only how do we create habits of regularly giving stuff away, but even more difficult – how do we create habits of not going after everything we want?

  • Thanks Gary…those are some great questions to continue to wrestle through.

  • Good work.

  • this is a good image.