I hope you have had a wonderful weekend and that you have also had this beautiful spring weather we've had here in Georgia. Last week, I told you a bit about beginning the Seven Experiment after reading Jen Hatmaker's book Seven: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. And so far, so good! It has been exactly one week since we've started the experiment and I mean, I'm not too terribly tired of chicken just yet. Peanutbutter toast has become a breakfast staple. And chicken and cheese sandwiches are had for almost every lunch. And remember that food processor I got for Christmas? Well it slices my sweet potatoes into the teeniest tiniest of slices (so stinkin' cute I tell ya) and it has been great baking those up for snacks.
Of course, there have been quite a few weaknesses and temptations food-wise. I mean, let's talk about my Instagram feed for a second. I don't think I've ever noticed how many pictures of donuts are posted on my Instagram feed each and everyday. And let's also talk about Pinterest. I won't even log into Pinterest. Too.many.delicious.pictures.I.want.to.lick.my.computer.screen. And finally, let's talk about the emails I have been receiving from multiple restaurants with GREAT deals and coupons. Starbucks...Panera...The Melting Pot...local restaurants "BUY ONE GET ONE ENTREE! Tonight only!" They make things real tough, y'all.
But I have a little back up plan for when these cravings kick in. The other day I hopped into my car and on the radio, there was a story about children in Africa. A mission team was visiting them and told the children that they could only feed the amount of kids that could fit in the small room in Africa. They shut the doors as soon as the room was packed, but there were still hundreds of children banging on the door on the outside. The mission team said that there was room for two more children. They opened the doors quickly on the outside and a ten year old boy pushed his two younger siblings in the door, sacrificing his only meal so that their stomachs could be filled. In this moment, I realized this Seven Experiment isn't about me. And that every time I want a measly donut or a chocolate bar or those tempting emails are beckoning me to "Buy one latte and get one free today only!" that I need to be praying for those in need. Those who are hungry. and those who would sacrifice their only meal for their younger siblings.
I have had many people tell me, "Hey! This Seven Experiment sounds great as a diet plan!" But no, this isn't a diet plan. (believe me, I went through almost a whole jar of peanutbutter this past week!) This is an excess plan to realize how much money, time, and effort is usually spent on excess. This is a challenge to pray and think about those in need and to realize that material comforts are not equivalent to happiness. This is a challenge to be more selfless. Yes, sometimes it has been a kick in the booty and a slap in the face. But so far, in the past seven days, I feel like I have grown so much. And I also feel I have grown so much closer to the four other girls who are doing this with me. I feel so blessed for their friendship as we discuss the hardships and challenges we have faced so far. I am excited for the next weeks and months ahead as we dig further into this experiment.
Happy, happy Monday! I'll be back later with a #MakeitPinterestingMonday post. I won't leave ya hanging :)
Question of the Day:
What challenges have you been through that you have grown through?