Fast or Feast

During Lent we are expected to Fast. Fasting means a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but they are not to equal that of a full meal.

But there are other ways to fast and new ways to feast

A fast from gossip. Gossiping is an act of injustice because we are, in a sense, stealing the reputation of another person.

A fast from criticism. Constructive criticism can help us to grow, but when it’s not constructive, it tears people down and strikes at their dignity and self-image.

A fast from complaining. When we complain, we end up feeling only more unhappy and discontented.

A fast from grudges. When we hold a grudge against someone, we are keeping that person captive to the wound they have caused us.

Instead of gossiping, you could feast on silence and discretion.

Instead of criticizing, you could feast on affirming people.

Instead of complaining, you could feast on counting your bless ings and sharing them.

Instead of holding grudges, you could feast on forgiveness.

Remember, you don’t have to any of this alone. Just as God do promised to answer his peoples cries for help, so will he answer you (Isaiah 58:9). Trust that this Lent, he will give you all the you need to fast-and to feast! grace

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