“Wherever our treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
Matthew 6:21 (NLT)
How are you doing? How are you feeling after your first week of fasting? As you enter into your second week, I would like to inspire you with Jen Hatmaker’s words: “I encourage you to choose a path that will pinch – a fast is supposed to be uncomfortable; that is where the magic happens.”
How will you engage this week? Will you follow Jen’s example of choosing 7 items of clothing this week? Or one of her other suggestions on page 50 of your workbook?
In watching the video this past week on Clothing, it is impossible to miss Jen’s emphasis on justice. This angle surprised some I think, who were possibly anticipating other directions or views of our clothing excess/consumerism. Although all are valid, I admit that I have turned a blind eye to putting much thought into the history of where my clothes come from for the most part. Check out the following video about the organization “Free 2 Work” that Jen made reference to. It’s so easy for us to ignore what’s really going on in the world when it isn’t necessarily happening right in front of us. Perhaps it’s time we educate ourselves a little so that we can become aware & make a difference in a major injustice.
Why not download the free app today & begin to find out where your stuff comes from. For more info on how the app works check out this short video:
Another company I am passionate about is TOMS. Their simple mission is “With every product you purchase, TOMS will help a person in need. One for One.®.” I happen to own a pair of TOMS myself & I have to tell you – they are wonderfully comfortable!! It’s also kind of cool when you happen to see others sporting the “TOMS” logo; knowing that for each pair of shoes bought, someone in need received a free pair (of TOMS!).
Irma also shared with us about her girlfriend collecting used clothing for “The Wardrobe” at her church (Cornerstone Alliance). Now is a great time to go through your closets and give some of those pieces you don’t seem to be wearing, etc. to someone who could really use them. There will be a collection box at our next Women’s Bible Study (Wed, Oct 16th).
In Jen Hatmaker’s book, titled the same as our Bible Study, “SEVEN”, she writes: “God’s idea of a fast is less about what we’re against and more about what we are for.
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”
(Isaiah 58:6-7 NIV)
When we hear “fast”, we put on a yoke of self-denial. When God said “fast”, He meant to take off the yoke of oppression. The Isaiah 58 fast is not about the mechanics of abstinence; it is a fast from self-obsession, greed, apathy, and elitism…. While fasting from futile things, I don’t want to fixate on them, missing the forest for the trees.”
I pray that God would reach your heart & mine this week. We are so blessed by our Mighty & Gracious Father!