The Good Life?


Consumed‘ is the first in part in a four part series from Consumed Contributor, Bec Oates

Even as I write this, I’m consumed with thoughts that muddy the waters. My thoughts are all consuming.

Consumption is my jam. I love consuming. I mean, before sitting down to pen this powerful prose I made myself a coffee… because it’s important to consume mild stimulants whilst waxing lyrical about the pitfalls of consumption.

I don’t want to talk about consumption. I need consumption. Consumption is the sedation I need, the antidote to life.

Don’t take it away.

Unless it’s kale. I don’t need to consume kale. No one needs to consume kale.

I consume far more than I need, and I’m not just talking about coffee. I have more clothes than I need, I consume more entertainment than I need, I hanker for more likes on social media than I need, I have a nicer car than I need.

I consume in search of contentment. But it’s never enough.

And so, in my great wisdom I think perhaps the answer lies in more consumption, and the noise in my head builds in a desperate race to keep ahead of reality. The pace quickens and so I have to consume more to keep up.

And in all this consuming and searching for more I have to admit, I’ve never found myself at the point of contentment.

I have a love hate relationship with the idea of contentment. I want to be content, but I don’t want to not have more.

Then I read this passage written by Paul – Philippians 4:12-13

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

And I think, this is hard! I don’t want it to be hard. I don’t want to admit that I am weak. But I do find solace in the idea that although Paul said he is able to be content whether he is living in plenty, or in want, that he can only do this through Christ who gives him strength.

I need help to find freedom from my attachment to consumption. I need help to find contentment in Christ. I need help to create a new reality.

And so, I pray a dangerous prayer asking God for peace, for contentment and for freedom from the bondage of consumption.

And he answered.

Bec is a strikingly ordinary individual and a faulty follower of Jesus. She is best known for awkward moments, inappropriate thoughts and Australian humour. Her blogs reflect her deep commitment to discovering God and her passion for the poor. Bec has a husband, four ankle biters and a dog that matches the cushions on her couch, because that’s important.