So now it's Friday. And there are five pressing things that I need to share with you.
1. I'd like to thank Riss, Commenter of the Week on this little blog. That's right. Bet you didn't know there was such a distinguished honor but there is...now. So, in honor of her winning this award, I will address her curiosity in regards to the book (7: An Experimental Mutiny against Excess by Jen Hatmaker) that I mentioned on Tuesday.
Here is a trailer for the book from the author's website:
The basic gist is the author focuses on one area each month in order to be more sensitive to how that area has spun out of control and to go without things in order to welcome the kingdom into her own life in new ways. The first month she limits herself to 7 foods, the following month 7 articles of clothes, the next month they fasted from media, and now (where I am in the book) they have adapted 7 earth-friendly habits (gardening, composting, recycling, buying local groceries, driving one vehicle, conserving energy and water, and shopping second-hand or thrift stores.)
Her point of view is very interesting. Her mission is stirring. Her writing is hysterical (like crying-because-I-laugh-so-hard hysterical.) It is not a puffed up, proud experiment. It is a humbled, disgusted with myself, brutally ashamed of how much I love things, kind of experiment.
Here is an excerpt:
"I used to say, 'But we tithe, and that money goes to stuff Jesus was all into.' Except many churches use it for marble floors and shiny buildings and cool videos and expensive mailers and pretty landscaping and fancy sound equipment and, in one recent case, an awesome multimillion-dollar jet.
How have we let church deteriorate like this? How is this ok? How can we endorse these expenditures? When did this become standard protocol for the Bride of Christ? We've engineered an elaborate two-step to justify this egregious spending ON OURSELVES.
We are far from Jesus' original vision; the whole enterprise would be unrecognizable to our early church fathers.
The earth is groaning, and we're putting coffee bars in our thirty-five-million-dollar sanctuaries. Just because we can have it doesn't mean we should.
I marvel at how out of place simple, humble Jesus would be in today's American churches."
I recommend it. It's really not about bashing the current church; it's about trying to find a humble life that honors Christ in the midst of all the Stuff we have accumulated (and may not know how to live without.)
2. Today Ella wrote her first book. It is titled "Two Girl Monsters". The girl monsters are just hanging out when a bigger monster is bullying them. Then a boy monster distracts big monster so that the girls can run away. And then a crocodile eats the girls. The End. (Yes, it is a tragedy. But if you have met Ella, you may have noticed she is a bit melodramatic.)
3. It was a big week in the lives of our close friends. Our good friends had a baby last week! Sweet little Olivia raced into the world, arriving 10 days early and 40 minutes after they got to the hospital. You better watch out for her- she is doing her own thing. And then our other close friends (and neighbors!) were robbed yesterday. In the middle of the morning. Broad daylight. Thankfully no one was hurt and nothing was actually taken (unless you count peace of mind...). But it involved calling police, replacing the back door, explaining it to kids, and trying to get things all back together. Sheesh. What a day for them.
4. On a related note, when the police man knocked on our back door to ask a question, Ella opened it and (thinking it was the person who had robbed our neighbors) said with a frown, "Are you the bad guy?"
5. On another related note, when told that baby Olivia had arrived, Isaac had one pressing question: How did the baby get out of Shelly's tummy? Due to c-sections, we have conveniently avoided this detail of childbirth. I was honest but vague, "When a baby is born it is always a miracle." He was satisfied. Phew.
Well, I guess that is all for now. I think people must be busy because my google reader (list of new blog posts) has been a little slow lately. But that's OK. We should never feel guilty for being too busy living life to write about it. And you can quote me on that.
Have a good Friday. Go to a fish fry. Those two are quite compatible in my book.