So, just to wrap up The 7 Experiment, it ended. The last week, on the topic of stress, ended up not being something that impacted me at the present moment in my life. I may at one point feel the need to go back and revisit it and find it deeply meaningful. Just not right now.
The challenge was to stop, 7 times a day, at appointed times, and read a verse and pray. And I fully admit, I didn’t do it. It was not only not feasible with my schedule (when you go to bed between 7:30 and 8pm to get up at 4am, you just are not going to set you alarm for 9pm and midnight to read a verse and pray), it just felt a little too ritualistic to me. Too compulsory; and that is not how I like to think about my communications with God. I live alone and talk to God throughout my day quite regularly, conversationally; to the point people who didn’t know Who I was talking to might think I’m a little loopy. I didn’t feel compelled to set my alarm 7 times a day to do it because I was being required to. I would find the alarm bells stressful. It just wouldn’t work, for ME.
That week may have profoundly impacted thousands of people, so don’t see this as me knocking the study in any way. But it did have the benefit of driving me to think more deeply about how God would have ME deal with stress in my life.
I have carried away so much from Jen Hatmaker’s study that I am truly grateful for the experience. I am compelled to live differently. I think now is just the time for me to study more deeply on my own and see what God has for me directly.