Positively Wasteful

I am somewhat new to blogging. As part of my attempt to figure out how to be a better blogger, I have started reading blogs of friends and co-workers. One of our former staff and her husband are now serving with Mennonite Central Committee in Mozambique. It has been fun to read through some of their entries (http://joelplusjenny.blogspot.com/). The entry on October 17, 2008, is a reflection of learning’s from their first two years. This list moves from humorous to provocative.

As I was reading, one particular sentence stood out, “Water is wasted by whomever has unlimited access to it.”

I am not a social scientist, but from my observation it is almost instinctual to waste anything that we have unlimited access to. Until recently, owning a SUV that got less than 10 mpg was almost normative for every American – after all, gas was cheap. It was easy to be wasteful. It took $5 per gallon gas to force many of us to rethink our vehicle purchase decisions.

Access to easy credit has had its downside. Bankruptcy and home foreclosures have become commonplace.

It is easy to see the downside of “unlimited access” but is there also an upside? In Matthew 18, Jesus tells the story of the unforgiving servant. In this story the servant is forgiven a huge debt by his king. Another way to think about it is that he is given unlimited access to forgiveness. After receiving this access, he marches out of the presence of the king and finds someone who owes him a small debt. What does he do? He completely forgets about the forgiveness he was offered and sends this person and his family to jail for failure to pay – not cool. This king finds out about this and hauls the servant in for questioning. It doesn’t turn out so well for this guy.

As humans we certainly have to ability to recklessly waste what we have unlimited access to. More often than not, this is negative. Is it possible for us to become positive wasters? Are you willing to take a chance and try to forgive too much? Just wondering …

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