Brennan Manning has a way of hitting me where it hurts.
“The conversation of most middle-class Americans, we are told, revolves around consumption: what to buy, what was just bought, where to eat, what to eat, the price of the neighbor’s house, what’s on sale this week, our clothes or someone else’s, the best car on the market this year, where to spend a vacation. Apparently we can’t stop eating, shopping, or consuming. Success is measured not in terms of love, wisdom, and maturity but by the size of one’s pile of possessions.” (Brennan Manning, The Signature of Jesus)
But what if we would begin a new conversation? And what does a conversation of love, wisdom and maturity look like?
One thing of which I am certain: if we began a new conversation, one that didn’t revolve around eating or shopping or consuming, it would be the kind of thing that could not be ignored or overlooked. It would be as radical as loving your enemy, or helping your neighbor, or not seeking revenge.
That kind of a conversation would change people. That kind of a conversation would change us.