Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Good Book

I am not much a follower (okay, I guess I am a follower, but I follow in a much different way). For the last 6 months or so I have been intentionally working to be a stronger leader. One of the things I have quit doing these last 6 months is reading the most popular books, and spending a lot more time reading the most popular book of all time (the Bible, just in case you were wondering). I am not going to go on about how you should care less about what Francis Chan says about God's love and care more about what God says about God's love (even though I often feel that way). I am not going to get on a soap box and talk about how we often are not feeding ourselves, but we are just recycling what we have learned from others (even though I see that all the time).

But, this last week, I began a 7 month experiment against living in excess. This experiment comes from a book written by Jen Hatmaker. The book is titled, "7 . . . An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess". What I love about this book (at least up to this point) is it is more about "doing" and less about "reading". So often when I read a book it's about getting through it, reading every page, completing the task, learning what information I can and then moving on. Not this book, it's about taking a few minutes to read about the 7 areas most people are excessive in and then spending the next month focused on getting away from living in excess and relearning a healthier, more normal range of living within that particular area.

I am going to challenge you to really consider two things:
1.      Do you live in excess?
2.      Would you be brave enough (or stupid enough, whatever works for you) to spend 7 months reestablishing healthy boundaries?

1 comment:

  1. I love Jen Hatmaker! I was at a conference she spoke at once and have loved her ever since. I haven't read that book yet, but now I want to. Thanks for the reminder!