i’ve been reading 7: an experimental mutiny against excess. it’s awful. it’s beautiful. i’ve been convicted, i’ve laughed, i’ve cried…even though i haven’t finished it, i know that it’s going to change my entire life.
7 chronicles the journey of jen hatmaker as she focuses on moving further from her agenda and closer toward God’s in the areas of food, clothes, possessions, media, waste, spending, and stress. each category has certain rules and is practiced for one whole month. her experience is absolutely life-changing.
the second month jen explained made me cringe. she wore 7 articles of clothing for 30 days- shoes included in that number and no accessories allowed…say what? that’s impossible, right? right? (please, for the love of my closet say yes!)
as much as i want the answer to be yes, i know that it’s not. i realize that some people have only the clothes on their back. it’s to my shame i see 7 items for a month as impossible yet people around me go without.
poo poo poo! my heart is a mess, you guys. i’m so far from where i want to be, but i know that He promises to finish what He’s started. (thank you, Jesus!)
because clothing/shopping was an idol for me, i’m not buying anything for myself for a year. well, that year hasn’t been nearly as hard as i’d anticipated. so here’s where things will get interesting. people can make do on a lot less than i’ve got. so i want to see if i can, too.
obvs jen made it work with 7 items for 30 days. i got this in my inbox today. i definitely groaned out loud. 6 items for 30 days? she’s got to have some kind of super power.
what my rules will be i haven’t a clue, but the month of may…or maybe june (i’ve got to give some serious thought to these rules!) will definitely be interesting. eek!