For better or worse, I am committed. I am committed to breaking the grip of stuff on my life. I am committed to strengthening my relationships with God, my husband, and my friends. I am committed to God’s promise that “He who began a good work in [me] is able to complete it.”
Jen Hatmaker‘s new book, 7, is the inspiration for this journey we’re about to take. She woke up to the excess in her life, and decided to reduce it in seven ways. We are inspired by her journey, by her struggle, and by the strength of our own convictions that we have to do the same.
To that end, we have chosen to take this path. It is definitely the road less traveled in this world of rampant consumerism. We have committed, to ourselves, our families, each other, and most importantly, to God. We have committed to reduce our dependence on this world for our needs; we will learn to depend on God to supply them.
For my part, I know it is a journey I must take. It is the first step toward the life planned for me by my Creator. I cannot say I am in the center of His will until I can truly say that I am free of the chains of modern life. I won’t lie to you. I’m scared to do this. I’m scared to find out where my idols are. I desperately desire change, but the grip of the familiar is so comfortable. Committing to something this big, this life-changing, and committing to it in such a public way, terrifies me. What if I fail? What if others see me, and I am not what they need to see? Then I remember, “…you are not your own; For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body*.” This journey is one I can’t skip. I can’t stay back in the hotel while everyone else plays on the beach. No, this time I have to put myself out there, confident that the One who saved me will be the One who sustains me.
So join us as we travel this road. Pray for us. Rejoice in our successes and lift us up when we fail. The book of Hebrews exhorts us to do just this: Hebrews 10:23-24 says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.” I Thessalonians 5: 11 tell us, “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” Galatians 6:2 commands us to, “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” The reason we do this is clearly written in Ecclesiastes 6:9-10a, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion.“
It is my heart’s desire to be the vessel of God on this earth. So long as my heart and life are fulfilled by the things of this world, I can’t do this. I need to walk this path. I need you to support me as I do.
*I Corinthians 6: 19b-20
All scripture quoted from the New American Standard Bible, (c) 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.