21 Days of Enough

 

This Sunday begins our church-wide "21 Days of Enough." For 21 days, we challenge you to be content with what you have, and to allow God to challenge your relationship with stuff while asking the question: "Do I have stuff or does stuff have me?"


 

01.

CUT ALL NON-ESSENTIAL SPENDING.

Over the course of the next 21 days, we encourage you to cut out all non-essential spending. Essential spending would include rent, bills, food, and all basic needs. But that latte, the new shirt you saw, going to the movies... all of these are examples of non-essential needs.

One idea is to write down the price of every non-essential item you'd like to buy and after the 21 days, add up the total amount you would have spent had you followed through on those purchases. Perhaps it will reveal a pattern of excess spending that can be minimized.

This won't be easy but it will likely bring to the surface some attitudes towards stuff that may need to be evaluated in order to find freedom from the tyranny of "more."


02.

TAKE AN INVENTORY OF YOUR POSSESSIONS AND GIVE AWAY THE EXCESS.

There are 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times). Carve out some time during the next 21 days and take an inventory of your possessions. Do you need 10 pairs of shoes? Those 5 hoodies? 18 coffee mugs...really?

Then get a box and start packing it up. Give your excess clothes to those who need them more than you. Donate your household items to a local charity. Don't just be free from your stuff, but turn your stuff into a blessing for someone else!

A FEW ORGANIZATIONS THAT ACCEPT DONATIONS:

St. Anthony's Foundation

St. Anthony's runs a free boutique-style clothing store for homeless and low-income families. // Website

Drop-Off Times: Every Day 9am-2pm

Salvation Army

Salvation Army will pick up items and has drop-off centers where they collect clothes, electronics, furniture, etc. to sell at their family stores. Proceeds go to their Adult Rehabilitation Centers. // Website

Drop-Off Times: 24/7

La Raza Community Resource Center 

La Raza is an SF-based organization that supports Latino low-income immigrant families. One of their programs is a clothing exchange which provides new or gently worn clothes to immigrant families. They also have a high need for baby clothes, diapers, toys, and strollers. // Website

Drop-Off Times: 24/7


03.

ASK YOURSELF: HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?

Take some time to sit down, evaluate your needs and ask: "How much really is enough?" Remember, minimalism isn't about not having things, but about things not having you. What things have you? What things keep you from making a life? What things keep you from being able to leave the world a better place? 

Decide what those things are and then draw a line in your life called "enough."


04.

QUESTION THE FLINCH.

During these next 21 days, it's likely you'll experience "the flinch." The flinch is that moment where you struggle with restraint. It's the moment you have internal frustration because of stuff. It's those moments you think...

"But I really need these shoes."

"I hate not being able to buy things."

"I know I haven't used (fill in the blank) in 6 months but maybe I should keep it just in case."

Instead of giving in to the flinch, we encourage you to pause and question it instead. Ask yourself...

"Why do these shoes matter so much to me?"

"Why do I need to buy this? What about it is so important?"

"Why is it so hard for me sometimes to let go of things? If someone else could benefit from this more, what is keeping me from giving it away?"

Question the flinch and allow God to challenge those areas of your life that may be possessed by your possessions.

 


Other Resources:

The Minimalists - Website

Becoming Minimalist - Website

Minimalism Documentary - Website - Available on Netflix

True Cost - Website  - Available on Netflix