005515741 SEVEN final cover.jpg I like experiments. Just this week I experimented with riding my bike to work instead of driving. A few people have called me crazy. And I’ll admit that biking requires advanced planning, concerted effort, and a change of clothes. But there is something so satisfying about deciding to try something new and carrying out the idea–regardless of the results. So when I heard about a new Bible study by Jen Hatmaker releasing this December called The 7 Experiment, my interest was piqued.
The study is based on Jen’s book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess that she wrote about her own experience of feeling trapped in the machine of excess. Jen took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.
heather_w.jpgEnter my friend Heather (pictured). Heather read Jen’s book 7 and decided to put some of the ideas into practice. So I asked her a few questions about her experience, and here’s what she said. Now I really can’t wait to do this experiment myself!
1. What made you want to try The 7 Experiment?
Heather: I love Jen and wanted to see what it was all about. She had posted on Facebook little pieces and parts and it seemed interesting.
2. What was the hardest thing to give up?
H: Well, to be honest, I didnt go through it in a systematic sort of way. I read the chapters and gave things up as I felt led. It was an organic process for me. I think the greatest challenge was trying not to swing to the opposite side of things coming out of a particular fast. For example, my husband Charlie and I ate out of our pantry for a week and limited spending to necessities like gas to get to work. At the end of that week we wanted to buy everything Target had to offer us.
3. What was the easiest thing to give up?
H: The easiest thing to do has been giving stuff away. It was wonderful to go through and realize I wear the same things all the time anyway, so why am I keeping all these things hanging in the closet? It’s like the things NOT in the clothes basket are dead to me.
4. How has this personal mutiny against excess changed your life or affected you?
H: I have realized that I do a lot of things out of boredom and not out of need. It’s a behavioral habit of unnecessary consumption. It really becomes a question of how I’m spending my time.
5. What is God teaching you through this process?
H: I think He is teaching me that I don’t need to get exactly what I want when I want it. The act of denying myself has shown me how deeply rooted my own will is in each of my actions. I change what I eat and I am almost angry that I cant have what I want? It was extreme and much more revealing of my underlying motives.
6. Have you inspired anyone else to join you in this experiment?
H: I don’t know, but I keep running into people who are reading the book, so I know its getting some momentum.
7. What’s next?
H: I’m not sure. God seems to be teaching me to focus on the needs of the day and not to get much past that.

Comments

  1. This made me think of something that was mentioned in Beth Moore’s James Bible Study about evil excess so I sent to the group who participated in the study. I think we all probably have some form of excess in our lives if we only would admit it. I can’t wait to get this book and for the study to come out. Thanks for sharing.

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