Now that it’s Lent, it is probably time to start talking about what the practical steps are for living like a citizen of God’s Kingdom on a day to day basis. Of course, this isn’t going to be an exhaustive list but all of it applies to each of us in some way. Obviously, (I hope that it’s obvious anyway!) being loving, compassionate, faithful, and humble are essential for all of us. Still, it’s worth asking whether our day to day choices reflect the ideals of our faith.
- Time: Is there a dedicated amount for prayer and worship? Is there a dedicated amount for service to others?
- Money: Is there a dedicated amount that goes to ease the need of others?
- Consumption: Are we purchasing goods and services that respect the producer? Put another way, would we be happy to see our loved ones working to produce goods with the same wages and conditions? Are we consuming goods that are sustainable? Or, would it be possible for everyone to live the way we do?
- Environment: Are we using resources responsibly? Are we being conservative in consumption and using only what we need? Will we leave behind us enough for those who come after us?
All of these are practical questions that arise out of the desire to live a life of love for God and the world. I don’t have a good answer for all of them in my own life and I suspect that most people are still struggling with some or all of them. These are, however, some of the questions we have to ask ourselves if we want our faith and values to have a practical impact in the world.
In the spirit (Spirit?) of practicality I’d love to hear how these questions apply to you and what questions I’ve missed!