So I can’t believe I’ve survived a full week! I would go into details on my diet but I realized it’s a little boring to tell you about the chicken, rice, potatoes, broccoli, corn, blueberries, and eggs I’ve eaten. Its pretty standard, but I’m quite surprised at the fact that I don’t really feel all that deprived! I miss cookies….and sauces. But honestly…that’s the only major complaint I have at the moment! So on the food front, so far so good!
So spiritually, how is this effecting me? Jen Hatmaker’s writing is amazing. I’m reading her book Interrupted along with 7 as I do this and I also just started a new study at church called Stuck. So I have three things going on at once but they all really go hand and hand so its not that crazy. A few things stuck out to me tonight as I did my bible study. One was a quote by Jen in her book Interrupted,
“Americans living in excess beyond imagination while the world cries out for intervention is an unbearable tension and utterly misrepresents God’s kingdom.”
This hit me like a ton of bricks because I wondered, how badly am I misrepresenting Christ? Its like the quote by Ghandi that I’m sure you all have heard, “I like your Christ,I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
Some of the stats in her book are really eye-opening at just how priviledged we are. I know we’ve all probably heard that most of us are in the top 1% wealthiest people in the world. But one fact I did not know is that the US makes up 5% of the global population but we consume 25% of the world’s oil. And while only 8% of the rest of the world owns a car, 1 of 3 Americans own 3 cars. Are we blessed or spoiled? I’m honestly unsure of this answer right now. But the one stat that for some reason God spoke to me loudest on was that 27 million children and adults are trapped in slavery right now. More slaves exist today than ever before in human history. I had no idea.
So I know this isn’t light-hearted stuff but my “ignorance is bliss” motto to life has got to change. We are wealthy and healthy and able to do something and we are ALL called. What exactly does that mean for me and my life right now? I have no clue. But I’m open and ready for what God has in store for me more than I have ever been. Tonight though I’m praying for the 27 million children and adults with no freedom. And Ghana (which I’m still researching!).