Yesterday’s post was a lot harder to write than I thought. Every time I put my thoughts into writing, they become more of a reality. To be honest, I did not want to write, or even say that I was giving up shopping for 3 months straight. But, I did. And here we are, all facing the question: Am I really going to do this? Just to let you inside my head a little, for the past 24 hours my thoughts have gone a little something like this:
“What the heck, Nancy! Why did you even blog that!”
“Don’t you know that your 5th Anniversary is during that time? You HAVE to buy a new dress for that!”
“Surely you realize your summer wardrobe needs help. Surely.”
“3 months? Really? Just drop that to 2 months. No… 1 month. Yes, you can do 1 month, but not 3. That’s just too much.” (Which is exactly why I feel that I should do this for 3 months. Because it’s the hard choice.)
Here’s the thing: People have done crazier things! They have given up much more of their lives and possessions for the Kingdom of God. I am called to live a life marked of love, contentment, and self-discipline for that matter, and we all have a choice: to stay comfortable, where we are, or to pursue a life worth living.
So, let’s do this! Let’s pursue a more fulfilling life together, by letting go of the things that do not fulfill us! I know there are a million questions running through your mind, so in hopes of answering those questions, here are the guidelines of the Contentment Challenge. I am so hoping you’ll join me.
The Contentment Challenge : April, May, & June 2013
We will give up shopping for clothes, accessories, household decor, and “stuff” for 3 months, to focus our hearts and minds on the root of true contentment. We will actively pursue fulfilling activities that will replace our addiction to material things.
• For the next 10 days, your homework is the following: prepare your heart, organize your closet, and make any necessary purchases that you might need during these months. (This is not a last minute shopping spree! This is one final trip to the store for items you will need, and the opportunity for you to say your goodbyes to Target.)
• Choose 1-3 inspiring books to read during this time. I would recommend any of the following: Seven, Weird, The Celebration of Discipline, 1000 Gifts, Kisses from Katie. (Feel free to leave additional recommendations in the comments!)
• Gifts are okay! If someone gives you a new dress or piece of decor during that time, receive it graciously! If you need to buy someone else a gift, by all means, do so. The point is not to be rude, but to learn more of ourselves and the Lord.
• Necessities are okay! If you drop and break your phone, please go get a new one! If you lose your glasses, buy a new pair. Just don’t start justifying new purchases for items that you already have. (“I really NEED this bathing suit, even though there are 8 in my closet already.”)
• You must actively pursue something – anything – that replaces your tendency to buy stuff. Begin thinking about something you love or a hobby you’ve always wanted to do, and make preparations to actually do it.
Each month will have a theme, a scripture memory verse, and one activity that you will be challenged to participate in. Be sure to check in here on the 1st of April, May and June for the challenges. Also, every Thursday I will be posting encouragement here on my blog. So please come by, comment, and let me know how you are doing!
Finally, the official hashtag is #contentmentchallenge ! So be sure to share your struggles and victories along the way on Instagram and Twitter. Who’s with me?
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