But, like always, God is faithful. He opened my eyes and I could suddenly see multiple ways I could live out the life He'd called His people to. It's like when you're learning a new word and all of a sudden you hear it used everywhere. Knowledge has a way of uncovering opportunity.
One particular opportunity is taking ownership over the goods I consume and purchase. I hate to admit that I am just now starting to think about where my goods come from. Who made them? Why they might be priced so low? Anyone who knows me knows that I am always on the hunt for a bargain. But my frugality might be more harmful than I realize.
I stumbled upon this website, Made in a Free World to learn more about my slavery footprint. I challenge you to take the interactive survey and learn more about your impact through consumerism.
Goods made ethically will cost more. I might be able to buy less of them. But freedom has never come cheap.
My friend, Liz, wrote a powerful piece for the Huffington Post. Read it here.
I love her closing thought:
It doesn't take an iron will to decide that just maybe you don't need another cheap tank top or to decide to buy that chocolate from a company that abides by fair trade principles.