The ladies in my community group went through the book 7: An Experimental Mutiny against Excess by Jen Hatmaker (Order it. No seriously, do it now). I cannot stress to you enough that this book has changed my life. At the risk of wearing out her name and this topic on this blog, I’m going to talk about it anyway.
If you’re not familiar with it, she has identified 7 ways that excess, greed, and materialism have brainwashed us in our day-to-day lives: food, clothes, spending, waste, media, stress, and possessions.
She then takes one month for each of them and reduces in some way using the number 7 (eat only 7 foods, wear 7 articles of clothing, etc).
So we are crazy and decided to go through a modified version of the experiment ourselves. And we did this previous to finding out that there actually is a published, doable version of her book, so we made our own, doing each 7 item for around 2 weeks. I am currently fasting through our last one, so the intensity is still fresh as it comes, and I want to share it with all of you. (Mostly because it was awesome. I say this because I am going to try very, very hard to not complain about the hard parts. No I’m not.)
We changed up the order and the rules a little, and like I said we shortened our experiment to 2 weeks for the most part. Our order was:
Spending: 1 week
Clothes: 2 weeks
Stress: 4 weeks
Food: 2 weeks
Possessions: 4 weeks
Waste: 0 weeks (hmmmm?)
Media: 2ish weeks
I will write one blog post per 7 item and will detail out our modifications, some of Ms. Hatmaker’s findings and feelings, and lots of mine and my posse’s. And let’s be honest, I’ll probably throw in some complaining and (first world) hard knocks now and then. Just keeping it real.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading about it as much as I enjoyed learning from it (I say “learning from it” because that is a lovely loophole around saying “as much as I enjoyed going through it”-which would mostly be a lie.)
To conclude my introductory post (<– very research paper of me), I leave you with this, because it got me through the misery that was food month and all the less miserable months as well:
All of the Bible’s analogies about refining, pruning, molding, etc are true. It does take a test of faith and some not-so-fun times to truly learn how far off course we are capable of steering. The way of Jesus is as narrow as He says it is (duh) and we as Christians are called to act accordingly.
There is pain involved with growing, but the “want-to” has to come first.
Have you read 7? What did you think of it??