24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Perhaps it should go without saying that it has not been easy, especially in a city like New York. I spent all of my money within my first month living here. I had no income yet but I had high hopes (even a calling) to subsist from my creative endeavors - my writing, music, busking, and activism. So it was clear to me right away that if I were to stay in the city, I would also have to be creative about how I earned, spent, and regarded money - without letting these considerations take primacy in my life.
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
With all this in mind, I set out to distinguish myself in the Empire city, to embody the counter-narrative of the gospel of peace, justice, and renewal.
Having done some dumpster diving in Orlando with an organization called Food Not Bombs, I was certain I could find people of the same mind here in NYC. In December 2009, I came to the freegan.info site, attended a meeting and trash tour, and became a regular.
I became a freegan.
I've also learned much from my spiritual leaders, mentors, and community at Trinity Grace Church, especially regarding the Kingdom imperative of generosity. Reciprocally, they have been supportive of my ideas/praxis and are always open to listening and learning from my unique perspective.
This blog documents my journey in the big city as I learn to serve God and community with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength - with the help of those who walk in solidarity with me - and all on a shoestring.