Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The 7 Experiment by Jen Hatmaker – Week 1


Intro

The first group meeting is usually a partial “getting to know you” session with very little meaty content.  This study couldn’t afford to start off that slowly.  “What does ‘excess’ mean to you?”  More than one refrigerator.  Storage facility.  More than what I need.  Getting everything I want.  Greed.  Ouch.  Am I the only one being convicted, here?

One of our group members suggested a clothing drive so we could clear out our closets and donate the items to a local organization.  Great idea!

So, are you ready to stage your own mutiny against excess?  Does this study intimidate you?  It probably should if you’re looking at it properly.  But don’t be dissuaded from participating.  There are different intensity levels at which you can accomplish this study.  They are presented as alternatives within the pages of the study itself, so we will begin to see those with next week’s homework.

The introduction to the study gives a good indication that this is going to be a powerful nine weeks!  This is not about organizing and downsizing for your own benefit.  Well, it is, but not in the way you might think.  This is about removing roadblocks and obstacles that keep you from encountering God and enjoying the fullness of relationship that He wants to share with you.  I am ready to bulldoze my way to a closer walk with Jesus.  I’m still praying about how far to go.  Just because I signed up for the overhaul doesn’t mean that my family did.  So, this must be pursued delicately and tactfully.  I plan to ask my husband to read the Intro lesson so he knows where my thinking is.

Over the next several weeks, we will be engaging seven common areas where we experience excess:  food, clothes, possessions, media, waste, spending and stress.  The challenge is to engage one area each week and conquer the excess that is standing in the way of a closer relationship with God.  Sure, there are physical benefits to participating in this study.  My personal goal is to be nearer to the Lord.  I’ll let you know how that’s turning out as the weeks pass.  But I am looking forward to the challenge.

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