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Week 3, zero spending.
After week 2 went so smoothly, I was caught off guard a bit by this week’s challenges.
On Wednesday, I really, really, really wanted a Diet Coke. I had 60 cents in my office and if I could have found the other 90, I would have bought one. (Seriously, Diet Coke at our school is $1.50.) The machine takes credit cards, but that was so obviously cheating that I could only rationalize it by saying spare change barely counts as money. (Seriously, the vending machines at our school take cards. Kinda weird?)
Alas, 90 cents could not be found.
Rachel at Small Notebook, who inspired this experiment, wrote in her week 3 recap:
A No Spend Month starts to feel successful when you stop noticing it.
That resonates with my experience too. Week 2 I barely noticed it all, and for some reason week 3 took a little more intentionality.
Here are my top theories as to why:
- God is calling me to drink Diet Coke again in order to better understand his loving kindness.
- Although I’m not one to claim ‘pregnancy cravings’, this week my overwhelming interest in eating a hot dog suggests otherwise. Which meant I wanted to go to a restaurant that serves really good ones, even if it is 20 miles away.
- My office is located above the cafeteria, so it often smells like burgers. No fair.
Perhaps, if pressed, I’d say that I was anxious and upset about some things in my life that I have no control over, and searched for my old shopping standby to make it a little bit better. I’d love to say that I realized this right away and immediately channeled my anxiety into prayer. Not true.
I spent several days living with less peace than is available to us and was righted by gathering for worship yesterday. That’s one reason we meet every week, I think. I can only go so long on my own; a regular time in community and worship starts to center the things that had shifted to the side.
9 days to go!