7 - month 1

Thursday, February 16, 2012

7-book-coverYou can read about the start of this particular series right here.

I’m not a good faster. The longest successful fast I’ve had was only 32 hours. And half of those were spent sleeping. I’ve always wanted to be good at fasting. It seems like a really holy, super spiritual thing to do. Not in the sense that I want to seem really holy and super spiritual, but in the sense that it seems like the kind of awesome thing that takes you close to God and all that.

Enter Month 1 of 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. Food.

I am one of the fortunate people in the world who never ever has to feel hungry. So for the first twelve days of this month, I ate only 7 foods. It wasn’t too difficult at first; they were foods that I liked. It became much more difficult after several days. I grew tired of the repetitiveness. I was the only one doing this, so I still had to make food for my family. Food I would’ve loved to have eaten. I wanted condiments. I wanted Chipotle. I found myself really feeling the lack of it all. Suddenly there was space in my diet. That’s when I realized that this month was really not at all about food. It became about so much more.

Where was I putting my focus? Where was I finding my sufficiency? I spend so much time thinking about what we don’t have. Food is no exception. I have an entire pantry full of food. I have a refrigerator full of food. I have TWO freezers full of food. Yet still, when I open the doors, I invariably think that I have nothing to fix for supper. How ridiculous is that? That’s not living with contentedness. It’s not finding sufficiency in Christ and what He’s provided. I’m concerned about every day things in a completely offensive way. It makes me a little sick to think of people, even in this country, who literally don’t have food to make for supper when I complain about not having the right kind of cheese to make what I want. My focus needs to change.

As my stomach felt empty, I looked to God. When I wanted to just eat a spoon of peanut butter already, I prayed. When I was seriously craving Chipotle, I worshipped. I just used the time and effort that I would have normally spent deciding what to eat and preparing various items to focus on what really matters. When I started this month, I thought it would be about food, and I was a little ambiguous on the purpose of doing it at all. (Except that I just really felt God was calling me to) After this month, I get it. It’s the perfect, tangible way to shift my focus to enough.

“Don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or if the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body.

Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out!: You’re my dearest friends. The Father wants to give you the very Kingdom."
Luke 12:22-23, 31-32 (Message)

All my everyday concerns, all the areas of excess in my life – those aren’t reality. They’ll be met. God is the one who provides. I’m so concerned about missing out – on good food, on cute clothes, on the latest media – and God wants to give me the Kingdom?? What am I doing? Where am I placing my trust? One thing I believe with everything in me: if my life, if my family’s life, isn’t oriented solely towards Jesus and his mission, then we’re doing it wrong.

I think this part of me is going to be challenged in harder ways than just through food over the next six months. I also think I’m going to hang on to these verses, especially for this next month – clothes. Stay tuned.

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