More than any other Discipline, fasting reveals the things that control us. This is a wonderful benefit to the true disciple who longs to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ. We cover up what is inside us with food and other good things, but in fasting these things surface.
If pride controls us, it will be revealed almost immediately. Anger, jealousy, strife, fear—if they are within us, they will surface during fasting. At first, we will rationalize that our anger is due to our hunger; then we will realize that we are angry because the spirit of anger is within us.
We can rejoice in this knowledge because we know that healing is available through the power of Christ.
-Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline
I know what’s good for me. Lots of veggies. Less red meat. Little to no gravy. But when I see chicken fried steak on the menu, “what’s good for me” usually doesn’t carry as much weight as “I want that.”
What of my spiritual life?
Do I know what’s good for me?
Do I know what’s good for me and then knowingly choose something else?
If so, what are the reasons?
Are they valid or is something else going on?
In response, what is God calling me to do or be?
These are the questions I’d rather not face because I know if I do, I will be confronted with my own muck and I can no longer pretend to blissfully exist in ignorance.
May I face the difficult questions. May we face the difficult questions.
May we become the people God is calling us to become.
Peace to you,