"He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick--no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic."
I'm not sure if Julia Mooney, a teacher in Morristown, New Jersey, is familiar with this scripture, but she is sort of living it in our day. Last fall, she set about a project called OneOutfit100Days. She purchased one good quality, versatile dress and has been wearing it every day of the school year. Next week she will mark 100 days of wearing it on Wednesday, February 13. Her idea is that we should be more mindful of our non-sustaining consumer culture. The amount of clothes we discard into landfills each year is astounding and disgusting. And, besides, shouldn't we be more concerned with what we do and how we affect the world than how we look doing it? I have followed her since last fall and admire her message so much! Why do we have to have so many clothes? Jesus didn't even want the disciples to take two tunics! I encourage you to check out the project website (link below) and see how this message fits into your life. She is inviting people to join her Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week--her last three days of the project--and wear the same thing each day. I'm joining her myself. Do you think the kids will notice? Her message is great! My message is: the more simply we can live, the more generous we can become! Love, heidi