As we've been experimenting with ethical organic local affordable and hospitality, I found myself asking "What would Jesus buy?" But the answer is mostly: nothing. Jesus lived for three years off hospitality: multiplying bread and fish and making his own wine out of water with zero overhead. So that question doesn't work.
What came to mind then was this extravagant merchant of purple cloth in Philippi. She had a small business and invited people into her home. She had a sustainable way of living that she could invite others into. Granted, she met Paul and not Jesus - but it was people like Lydia who made the Jesus-way possible when Jesus was here and after.
So, my new question is: what would Lydia buy?
I'm hoping to find some other smart women trying to juggle local, organic, ethical, fair trade - but I don't know where it came from, generous, hospitable, practical, affordable, and just plain getting a family by in a rough economy to share ideas, experiences, conflictedness, places we have to settle, triumphs etc. To be Lydia, we need to know what other Lydias are up to and how we can work together!
Are you interested in being a part of this? Let me know!