I am reading a book right now that really challenges my thoughts about politics. Even more than God’s Politics by Jim Wallis, Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw has made me question my life and the way I live it. The whole idea is that our way as Christians should be so radically different than the world’s way that we end up sticking out like sore thumbs. Do you stick out like a sore thumb? Does your life even look different from your neighbors’ lives? Mine doesn’t. I want it to. I would like to think it does, but stacked side by side, I have an average American life. Actually, and even worse, I have an average middle-class American life. I am the bourgeoisie. Ick?!? How did I get where I am? I am not really sure, but I woke up one day to find myself here. I don’t hate it, but where I am looks just like where every other middle-class Christian is. I am not sure that I am so comfortable with that anymore. I am not sure I ever was comfortable with that. Anyway, Jesus for President has challenged the way I think about love and grace. They quote Dorothy Day, whose work I just need to read and then convince Bec to open our house to others, which will probably happen right as hell is freezing over. She Dorothy Day says, “Love is a harsh and dreadful thing to ask of us, but it is the only answer.” Love is the only answer to so many problems. My question for myself is how can I be more love?
With all of that said, I figured out how to make my own shoes yesterday. At least, I think I figured it out—I am going to make them like Espadrilles with the woven sole. Hopefully, I can find some used tires and inner tubes to use for the soles of some others. I read online that tire inner tubes make great insoles; and apparently, tires themselves make great soles. I just need to experiment and figure it out. Also, because it is raining today, I am going to run a few errands and then…..SEW?!?
Anyone know where to get some silk screening equipment for cheap?