One of the most talked about disciplines for Lent is that of fasting. People often choose to give up sweets, chocolate, soft drinks, etc. I suggest that we might also want to think about a fast from stuff for a portion of Lent.
In The 7 Experiment, staging your own mutiny against excess, Jen Hatmaker addresses possessions. She specifically invites the reader to think about a couple of questions:
“How can you cultivate a sense of God’s presence in your home?”
“What can you do differently to be sure possessions don’t steer your heart?”
Hatmaker suggests the reader find a way to give away at least 7 things a day for seven days as a sign of freedom from possessions. The seven for one day may be items from one room or the whole house. The seven could be kitchen items, home accessories, furniture or linens. Clothes are a great way to produce seven items.
The whole idea is to realize that we do have a lot of stuff and that stuff does not equal worth and value.