6 Words that Changed Everything

How I was challenged to love my global neighbor
6 Words that Changed Everything
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I live in a community of energetic urban gardeners.

Accidentally, I assure you.

On any given day I can see these earnest neighborhood farmers planting Swiss chard, weeding the root veggies, harvesting something they call “tatsoi,” or building a hoop house. (To the disappointment of every person in my home, a “hoop house” has nothing to do with basketball.)

The neighborhood’s “head gardener” assures me that in the event of a global food apocalypse precipitated by a sociopolitical collapse, we’ll have food.

I assure the head gardener that until said looming crisis shuts down my chain grocery store and the McDonald’s down the street, I won’t be lifting a single green thumb to help.

Clearly, my brazen apathy suggests that I’m not really expecting the economy-inspired food-pocalypse to happen any time soon. In that respect, I’m like a lot of North Americans with convenient access to Cap’n Crunch cereal and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

Despite my lazy gardening and shopping habits, I’m not a complete buffoon. I’ve seen the popular documentary The Story of Stuff, and I understand that some of us on this planet are consuming more than our fair share of resources. I comprehend the premise that those who pay the biggest price for overconsumption and the pollution it produces are those with access to the fewest resources. I even understand, at some level, that my own progeny will be affected by these patterns of consumption.

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Margot Starbuck

Margot Starbuck, award-winning writer and speaker, is a graduate of Westmont College and Princeton Theological Seminary. A TCW regular contributor and columnist, Margot speaks regularly on discipleship, justice, and living love in the world God loves. Connect with Margot on Facebook, Twitter, or at MargotStarbuck.com.

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