I loved our discussion yesterday and I wanted to share some of the responses. These statements bolster our courage to make good choices for our family…even if they’re not popular decisions.
- Culture says “Buy your kids every electronic device known to man.” Living with less says “Let them use their imaginations and build a pirate ship out of couch cushions.”
- Culture says a family can’t survive without two incomes. Counter-culture says you can not only survive on one income but a family can thrive.
- Culture says “your kids won’t love you as much if you don’t give them every thing their friends have.” Counter-culture says “they will love you and God more if you give them more of what they need and not an excess of what they want.”
These are good! Can you think of anymore to statements today that challenge our thinking?
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Your book & blog are truly inspiring. Love the counter culture sayings!!! I can't wait to finish your book "Living with less so your family has more"! God Bless 🙂
Culture says children should have their own bedrooms for privacy and individuality. Counter-culture say sharing a bedroom with 1 (or 2!) siblings teaches sharing and consideration for others.
Stephanie…another good one!
Jennifer…so glad you are enjoying the book!
Culture says, "It's embarrassing to have less money to spend than you did a year ago." Counter-culture says, "God uses moments like these in our lives to teach us humility, limits, and trust in Him."
Thanks, Jill! This is a very affirming conversation. My husband and I have said we're counter-culture for years. Well, more specifically we say we're the "weird" people on our street, in our church and in our families. 🙂
Culture says let your kids tell you anything they want to in any voice because it's expressing themselves; counter-culture says teach them respect for others and themselves and they will express God-like qualities!
I love the phrase counter-culture! Instead of being "weird" we are going against what the world says to do, and doing what God say!
If the definition of "American culture" is established by….'the total of all choices made by all the individuals within it', let's move that midpoint more toward God's side by choosing to engage our families in activities that motivate others in the same direction.