The word fast implies movement, action, swiftness. Traditionally, in spiritual language to fast means to purify, refrain from, perhaps deprive and deny oneself. Will power and determination is a good thing to exercise. For the next 40 days I invite you to shift your orientation and decide to engage the quality of fasting in a new way. This stepping stone will become a foundation to savor life.
“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” – Psalm 35:15
Fasting is the intentional refraining from something in order to open up space for God to transform us. Spend time today pondering what you would like more of in your life. What will allow you to savor life more fully? …Time? Health? Attitude? Creativity? Work? Play and leisure? Service?…
Consider the patterns that keep you from your desire, or a deep relationship with God and those around you in your home, workplace, and friendships. What can you let go of or shift in order to move towards more of what you desire? Is it a hectic pace, harsh language, poor boundaries, or self-criticism? Only you know.
What quality, attitude, or action in your daily life do you desire more of, to experience, savor, and to share?
Identify two action steps you can take to move towards more of this positive good quality you desire:
Please reflect on your intention every morning and evening, continuing to renew your determination, effort, and trust in your ability to be healthy and whole.
Today I will savor in my heart … Goodness and God motivate me. I am taking my next, best, step.