Tuesday, July 31, 2012

We Were Made for More of This, Not That

Jessica, me

My friend Jessica is trying the "7 Experiment," based on Jen Hatmaker's book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess.  (Click here to see how it goes for Jessica! Click here if you're unfamiliar with 7.)

I cheer to see anyone fighting American status quo, mostly because I'm so treacherously tangled in the alluring web of the American Dream.  The noise of Facebook and email crowd my thoughts until I cannot hear the Still, Small Voice of God... and I cheer to see another sweet friend who unplugged from her blog for a spell .  I lack discipline and gratitude as I consume this Land of Plenty at a rate far exceeding my needs.  We are never satisfied, always crying for more.

More status.
More clothes.
More square footage.
More food.
More choices.
More bang for our buck.
More money.
More friends.
More vacation.
More free time.
More youth.

When I sit still long enough to read God's Word, it's plain:  We were not made to handle all of this MORE.  It is a disease.  Yet, like a toddler left alone with her trick-or-treat bag... we have the resources to consume far more than is good for us.  MORE is at our fingertips, and we partake.

instead of MORE...
we could give.

Instead of more internet clutter in our minds, we could be still enough to be filled by the Spirit, so we can pass love on to others.

Instead of more money spent on our food, our homes, our wardrobes, our vanity...
we could remember God's heart for the poor...
for those who don't have the option of vanity...
who just want to eat.

But the gospel isn't just about subtraction.
It isn't about a monastic, simple, religious lifestyle.
The gospel is replacement.  A new self.
There is a type of MORE that God did create us for.

MORE of Him.
MORE of His glory.
MORE of His fame being spread across the Earth.
MORE of His Presence in our lives.

Sometimes, we feel Him more when we feed our Earthly appetites less.
Sometimes, when we let our bodies grow hungry, we realize it wasn't food we were starving for.

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." Matthew 5:6


Rebecca said...

I appreciate your heart on this so much! I'm struggling with the same, trying to pull away from the American Dream life of excess and finding it an hourly struggle. But following Jesus is the only place where true contentment is found.

Thank you for such an inspiring post!

RACHEL said...

Rebecca, it is so hard to pursue God more than comfort!! Which is crazy because He's the source of true joy. Praying with you that we fall desperately in love with Him above all else!

Anonymous said...

Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this
write-up and the rest of the website is also really good.

My webpage moewe.s100.xrea.com

Anonymous said...

Hi! I could have sworn I've been to your blog before but after browsing through some of the posts I realized it's new
to me. Nonetheless, I'm certainly delighted I discovered it and I'll be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!

Have a look at my homepage :: Oakley Outlet

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Carolina! I'm bored at work so I decided to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break. I enjoy the information you provide here and can't wait to take a
look when I get home. I'm surprised at how quick your blog loaded on my mobile .. I'm not even
using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, wonderful site!

Also visit my webpage - cheap nfl jerseys

Anonymous said...

Heya i'm for the first time here. I found this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and help others like you aided me.

my website :: Slendertone Flex

Anonymous said...

You made some decent points there. I checked on the net for more information about the issue and found most individuals will
go along with your views on this website.

Here is my page: Cheap Oakley Sunglasses

Anonymous said...

A person necessarily lend a hand to make critically
posts I might state. This is the very first time I frequented your web page and so
far? I surprised with the analysis you made to make this particular post incredible.
Excellent activity!

my blog post - Classical Oakley Outlet

Anonymous said...

Hello, Neat post. There's a problem along with your website in internet explorer, may test this? IE nonetheless is the marketplace chief and a good component of other folks will omit your magnificent writing because of this problem.

My site ... replica sunglasses

Anonymous said...

I couldn't refrain from commenting. Perfectly written!

Also visit my page; ??? ??????? ?? ??? ?? ????? :: http://www.cmnews.kr/ ::