Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Hard Thing

I notice that my blogs don't get many comments lately.  Of course, I have that happen every summer.

But my insecurity says people don't like what I'm saying.

I need people to like me.  Maybe you don't, but I do.  If I know someone doesn't like me, I immediately wonder why, and what did I do, and what is WRONG with them?  Seriously.  What's not to like?

Okay, that last part is a joke.

Sort of.

Yesterday a facebook friend posted this link:

And I reposted it.  My sister was helpful enough to give me a link to all brands they own.

That list seems to make it impossible.  As I perused it, I began to have some trepidation about my follow through.  After all I'm the same girl who banned high fructose corn syrup in our house except ketchup (before there was hfc free) and a weekly soda.  Because while I wanted to limit the junk my kids were eating, there is no need go psycho!  You know they get plenty of junk everywhere else, so why not make home a place of nutritious food?

Anyway, about two years ago I flaked on the HFC thing.  The timing just happened to coincide with the beginning  of my couponing and my attempting to stay at home, so budget budget budget. We all know healthy food is NOT the cheapest way to go.  If it was, raman noodles would not be the food of choice for college kids across America.

However, as I've gone about my day the utter impossibility of boycotting these products keeps coming back to me.  It would be very hard.  Kind of like when we made a pact as a family to limit Apple, Levis, Nike, and Home Depot purchases.  The Home depot was no sweat.  Even Levis and Nike.  However, my kids each own Apple products.  We have stood firm at buying music from iTunes.

So, as I looked at this overwhelming list (Yoplait?  Really?  Their Greek yogurt is my lunch when there is no time for real lunch at work!) I kept thinking, "Wow.  I don't think I can do this."  After all it requires diligence and long term commitment.  All things I really don't seek out.  Then today as I was driving home from running the girls around I remembered a blog I heard about on our local Christian radio.  The blog is directed at teenagers and encourages them to "do the hard thing."  I was so impressed.  It is a group of teenagers uniting in "rebellion against low expectations."  They strive to do what is right in God's eyes, not what is right in the eyes of the world.

And as I remembered that, I thought, if I am applauding a teenager for doing the hard thing, why won't I do it?  And if I don't want to do the hard thing, then how can I expect my kids to do it?

So, I'm giving it a shot.  I'm going to take my list of products owned by General Mills and try to avoid purchasing them, when possible.  If I fail, I'm not going to simply throw up my hands and say "This will never work!"  I'm going to start over and try to do this thing.

As a consumer I have a voice.  It's called my wallet.  If I don't financially support a group, then that group will listen to me.  Of course, if I'm going this alone, they will not care about my one little act of defiance.  However, if Christians as a whole stand up and say they will not support corporations who support the homosexual agenda, or abortion, or whatever cause God is burdening you with, then our voice will be heard!

And even if nobody else stands up, then I will still stand.  And I will not be quiet (like anyone expected THAT anyway.)  I will strive to not throw my convictions in others faces, but I will state what God is telling me to say.  I hope you will pray that the words I use will be His words, not self righteous rambling.

Strangely, I think that my recent study of Joshua helped me prepare for this very thing.  Because as I contemplated how little difference my refusal to support certain institutions can make, in the big picture, God reminded me of Joshua standing before the Israelites after they had conquered the Promised Land:

"Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness.  Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.  But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.  But as for my and my household we will serve the LORD."
Joshua 24:14-15

God is telling me that the world will NOT serve Him.  But that does not give me permission to serve Him in a half hearted manner, simply because it's a better effort than most are doing.  He is calling me to serve Him when it's hard.  And choosing to fight this battle will not be easy, but I feel that it will be worth it if my kids grow up knowing that their parents knew who they served, and they did it as faithfully as they could.


How about you?  Is God calling you into battle?  What will your answer be?


Freckled Hen said...

Sometimes I feel like I've done most of my learning after I finished school. I appreciate reading your perspective on stuff it always makes me think! I hope you are having a good summer...kate

Anonymous said...

We r getting ready 2 do the same thing! Proud of u Andrea!
Its definitely not easy.

Dawn Castor said...

The blog--I've noticed a decline in blogging everywhere--professional bloggers (PW) not included but bloggers like us have definitely slowed down. GM--I was quite surprised to see that there was not anything on the list we are die hard fans of. The hard thing for me is not GM but all those other brands that we don't know the agenda of the company. Or Oreos. I can't imagine a life without oreos. Not that I eat them that often but still. Coke--that would be the real hard thing for me....Perhaps its better to live in ignorance? :)

Roni said...

Do you remember the awesome line in "A League of Their Own"? Tom Hank's character, Jimmy Dugan says to Dottie, "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great."

This has to be one of my all-time favorite lines from a movie. I think because it is SO TRUE! As Christians, we are called to be different and stand out - and do the HARD things! Because that isn't what everybody else does!

Good for you! I know you - if you set your mind to it - watch out!

Anonymous said...

I am so proud of my children and the stands that they take. God will take care of you. As I grew up, we didn't even know about these things. The products or the people that they supported. Something has happened in our country that is not good and it is time for Christians to take a stand and take back what is ours. You are right...Children need to know what is good for them and what to support. They know that God expects them to also take a stand when they are old enough to know. Hang in there. I can't even get on my blog so I haven't posted. I don't want to start a new one. I need help!!! The Mom