Recently my mother along with the ladies of her church made the decision to challenge them selves by going through the 7 Experiment. This is a book turned Bible study written by blogger, author, and pastor’s wife Jen Hatmaker The study takes you on a journey of breaking away from the bondage of excess.
Lately, I have been really struggling with the feeling of just having too much. From too much information instantly to way to many physical possessions, I feel as if i am busting out of all my seams. I have started on the journey by decluttering my home but I still feel like its just not enough. When my mom recommended going through the 7 Experiment study I decided that it just might be the think I need the most right now.
So here I go.
The first week is the Intro. Setting the scene for the purpose behind the project and opening you eyes to all the junk you have piling up in your life. The first “reflection” question of many is:
“Good Reader, what have you wished you could ‘just have’ lately?
The answer to this question is….so many things.
New clothes, meals I don’t have to cook, supplies for projects I want to complete, and the new home school curriculum that I don’t need until the fall are just a few.
From there Jen goes on to highlight that no where does “being rich” and “having stuff”come out smelling like roses in the Bible. In facet, in Matthew 19:16-22 we find out being rich makes things very hard when striving to follow Christ.
“What have the residents (the lazy, apathetic, and entitled voices) in your brain always told you about what you own?
Let me tell you, I have always believed that I have just what I need. I am not one to be extravagant, I mean, we are in Seminary for goodness sake. We don’t go out and flaunt our money around and we certainly don’t have the best and brightest of things in the world.
And then those “intruders’ began to sneak in and question all that I believe about myself and my family. How are we prioritizing our finances? Do we really NEED all the stuff we have? How are you reaching out and providing for others that have less than you?
In the next section Jen talks about how she came to realize she is one of the “rich folks” that people talk about. As I read through I realized that, while we don’t have nearly the lifestyle she and her family have we are not all that bad off. We have food in the pantry and fridge, we have a roof over our heads, and we have all the things we need to get by. So according to many standards in the world, yes we are rich.
The story in Matthew continues with Jesus telling his followers just how hard it is for a rich man to enter heaven.