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Ten Economic Decisions Christians Must Consider – Part 3

Eight: Replace the grass in your yard with something that doesn’t require watering

The suburbs are a strange place, not least of which is the idea of a grassy yard.  Much of the US, especially in urban areas, does not have the luxury of such a place.  What is my suggestion here?  Get rid of them!  They are a waste of money and time.  It is estimated that 10 gallons of water a day is used to water a lawn.  In a church of 62 families that is 620 gallons of water a day used to water the communities lawns.  In a year that is over 226,000 gallons of water used for grass.  Instead of using that water on grass, put it into barrels and store them in the backyard in case of an emergency where the city water is turned off.

Replace the grass with something that doesn’t require watering like dirt, cement, or some other innovative idea.  The yard doesn’t need grass in order to be considered “pretty” or “beautiful.”  We simply need to think of better ways to use our space.  If you feel that you must have something in the backyard, perhaps you could read a book or two on growing vegetables, pulling up the grass, and planting a few rows where you grow vegetables or fruit. Use these fruits and vegetables to sell at church fundraisers and for nice fresh home-cooked meals.

Rather than investing in individual yard, invest in community parks where all children can come to play together in a communal fashion.  This will promote neighborhood community, it will save money on individual water bills, and it will help conserve water in case of a crisis (in California the expected drought season is already cause for alarm).

Nine: Drink more water

If number eight and nine seem contradictory, they are not.  This is simply an economic choice that must be made in every household.  There is a slight problem to me when the fridge is filled with soda, fruit juice, iced tea, and all sorts of sugary drinks.  The amount of money spent on these is not only unhealthy but costly.  If a family is consuming a 24 pack of soda every two weeks, you are spending a lot of money on drinks that are noticeably unhealthy.  Teach your children instead, to grow up drinking water and other healthy drinks like milk.  Do not allow them to have soda, fruit drinks, or any other sugary drinks.  Teach them instead to get their sugar from proper places like fruit.  This is simple, but it could save upwards of $500 a year.

Ten:  Get involved

There are so many people who simply say, “What can I do?”  Time really is a valuable resource, and if you are using it inefficiently, you need to consider how one might use it more efficiently.  Get involved somewhere instead of spending two or three hours watching TV.

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9 thoughts on “Ten Economic Decisions Christians Must Consider – Part 3

  1. Danny,
    These economic considerations you have here are very informative. They are extremely counter cultural, but yet I think their time has come. Christians need to be different than the overall culture, and these are good ideas how to get this going.

    Have you read ‘Poverty of Spirit’ by Father Johannes Metz? It is a great book, I am just starting to devour.

  2. Hi Monk,
    I have not read Metz, but he will be going on my list of books to check out from the theology library. I have heard from a number of sources that he ranks as one of the top recent Catholic Theologians.

    Hi Kathleen,
    It is always nice to have another comment from you. I have not read much McLaren in my life, but I would like to someday. With the workload the way it is, it is very hard for me to do any extra reading.
    Danny

  3. i’ll have to check metz out…

    i’d have to agree that the balance between counter cultural and the time as come is a good obersavation…i mean even chuck coleson is beginning to say that we should be a little more responsible with the environment…if chuck is saying it, well then all that is left is for michael w smith to write a song about it…

  4. haha. Yeah.
    Thanks for the comment Chadwick.

    May we be blessed with the divine strength to be a counter-cultural movement.

  5. Hey,
    Last summer I lived in a three bedroom house with fifteen people while doing urban ministry work in Camden, NJ. I am still in college, so I have been practicing communal living for the last four years in some senses. Next year I am planning to live with my parents (which is a step above most people who try to move out on their own) to save money in the fashion that I’ve listed above while I get my teaching credential. Once I get my credential, I hope to live communally with teachers I am teaching with or with others from a church I get involved in.

    I don’t have a lot of this planned out all that well.

    What about you?

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