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7, jen hatmaker, mutiny against excessThe thoughts running through my head make me sick to my stomach. The kind of sick that causes me to want to shake it up and do whatever it takes to purge myself of the crap (yeah, I said it) that spoils everything else that’s in there.

And I’m blaming Jen Hatmaker.

I read something she wrote in 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess that rocked me pretty hard. And it doesn’t help that I read it just before leaving for a mission trip to Haiti.

“How can I be socially responsible if unaware that I reside in the top percentage of wealth in the world? (You probably do too: Make $35,000 a year? Top 4 percent. $50,000? Top 1 percent.)”

I’m definitely not trying to brag, but that puts my family in the top 1% wealthiest people in the world.

I don’t consider myself wealthy by any means. In fact, I feel very middle class. I don’t live in a mansion. But I also don’t have to worry about not having enough to eat (which is obvious by my ever-increasing waistline). This is where my trip to Haiti magnified all of this exponentially for me.

It becomes very obvious very quickly how wealthy I am when standing face-to-face with extreme poverty.

That’s why this year for Lent, I’m giving up excess. And this journey (or mutiny) will continue well beyond the end of the Lenten season.

For the next seven months, I’m going to take on the seven challenge areas that Hatmaker outlines in her book. And I’d like to invite you to join me.

Starting on the first weekday of each of the next seven months, we’ll start the discussion with a video interview with Jen Hatmaker. Then I’ll open up the post so that you can share links to your blog (or Facebook Note) posts about the experiences with that month’s challenge. My hope is that we can create a sort of virtual “council” that can support and encourage each other as we stumble through this collective mutiny.

The chapters are:

Jump in or out when you can, but I urge you to try to immerse yourself into this experience as much as possible. I’ll also throw in some practical ways that we can turn our mutiny against excess into actions that can benefit others.

I’m expecting this to be a life-changing experience for everyone involved!

What about you? Have you felt stirred to make changes in your life that will allow you to have a greater impact in the world? Will you join us in the little project… er, mutiny? If so, what do you hope to get out of it?

“7 will be an exercise in simplicity with one goal: to create space for God’s kingdom to break through.”
– Jen Hatmaker


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Christ-follower. husband. father. author of the unlikely missionary: from pew-warmer to poverty-fighter. co-author of activist faith: from him and for him. school of ministry and missions instructor. president of fistbump media, llc.

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