Day 36: Excess

What do you do with the excess in life?

If you’re at all like me, you hoard it and waste too much on yourself. Just being honest, friends.

A few years ago, my husband took a class called Financial Peace University that is offered by Dave Ramsey. It totally changed his outlook on money management and paying down our debt. It’s been 7 years since he took that class. We’ve come a long way in our financial walk, but we still have so far to go.

I have to admit that I haven’t been the best supporter of paying off debt and being smart with our money. Although, I have improved when it comes to crazy shopping – I was the worst in college about blowing money that I didn’t have and then regretting decisions later when the bills came. Brian helped me early on in our marriage to put a stop to that madness. I have my occasional times of relapse, but all in all, I just try to keep myself out of the stores so I won’t be tempted!

Brian has felt for a while now that God was leading him to offer the same Financial Peace class at our church. I’m not one that gets thrilled by money and numbers and budgets (ughhhhhhhh), but I did want to support my husband in his efforts to help others and do what God was leading him to do.

So, I went.

And obviously my husband has been praying for my eyes to be opened a bit more than they have been.

This one chart from our first lesson has not been able to leave my brain and it’s controlling my oh so ridiculous actions that have been terrible habits for WAYY too long:
money daily spending

Do you see the fact that my daily bottle of water or lunch could be 20+ million dollars when I’m old and grey??

More than that, I have to consider that the money I am wasting on small habits like these, could ultimately be used to do something God is asking us to do as a family with our finances – like sponsor a child through Compassion.

Why am I telling you all of this?

Because God has been working on me and my excess for MONTHS now. I’ve been a slow listener. Most of my realizations that life has to change and my hoarding efforts have got to go came after reading a book called 7. It is also a book by Jen Hatmaker, the one that wrote the book Interrupted that we are going to do in our next study together.

7 is a crazy social experiment that Jen did along with her family and friends all about getting rid of the wasteful things we do as Americans and seeing what it is like to live without all of the excess – and finding God in the midst of it all. She did this in 7 different ways over 7 one-month long periods. It was amazing to see what happened in her life and what she took away from getting rid of the junk – in her home, in her food, in her closet, in her heart, deep in her soul.

Do you hold on to too much in life?

Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven. Matthew 6:20

Warning: If you hang around with me long enough, you just might start doing crazy things – like fasting soft drinks from the store, or deleting your social media apps from your phone for a season so that you can focus on God.

A man can eat only one meal at a time, wear only one suit of clothes at a time, drive only one car at a time. All this I have. Isn’t that enough? (pg 200 Draw the Circle)

On this Sabbath, I’m going to spend time with our Father asking how I can rid of the excess. I’m going to seek Him to continually open my eyes and show me how to store up treasures in heaven, instead of worldly treasures that are packed away in bins in my bonus room and garage.

Enjoy this day, let’s intentionally linger for a while.

~Starr

6 thoughts on “Day 36: Excess

  1. Excess?!? I thought this chapter was about giving – we can’t outgive God! Someone must be feeling convicted about the excess (speaking under my breath “hoarding”). πŸ™‚

    Just kidding, love you dear.

    I really did take this as meaning that we can never out give God. It prompted me to write down a personal experience in my journal where God showed up and outgave me 10-fold. I can share that story later. This lesson was a great reminder of that.

    Have a fabulous Sunday!

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  2. OK, I had to go back and read the chapter again to see if Brian was right. I agree with Brian that it does remind us that we can’t out give God. I also can see how Starr relates her “hoarding” to being a hindrance to being a good steward of what God provides. If we stop long enough to consider all of our indulgences and how we can redirect our money – especially the thoughtless spending of just a few dollars at a time, we could make a huge difference in the lives of some one else, just like Stanley Tam made by giving away millions. I don’t think he did that by hoarding or by accumulating all the stuff that some of us do just because it is so easy to fall into the traps of convenience, self satisfaction and comfort. I will personally try to change just one habit and pray about how God will have me to redirect the funds. God bless everyone!

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    1. Thanks mom! I told Brian to make his comment because he asked me – was that really what today’s reading was about, excess??!? Haha. That shows how 2 people can have totally different responses to something. And obviously shows that I have hoarder problems and that Brian is a natural giver πŸ™‚

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  3. I can see both points. As I did see the chapter all about you can’t out give God. It is very easy for me to give I think like you said about Brian I am a natural giver but I also see the excess part too. I a have started cleaning out closets, cabinet and the garage with Kenny help. What do we have lying around that we have not used in 6 months to a year. That someone else could use. It’s time to simplify life.

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