During my little fast I have found two types of people. The first is supportive. They encourage me and tell me they are proud and some even have started a fast of their own. One of my teens has given up Myspace! Thats huge! These people I find easy to be around. They are helping me more than they know.
The other type is a different story. They are almost discouraging. They at like they are my Fast Police and are trying to catch me or accuse me of breaking my fast. I found myself actually getting upset. I am sure that it is out of humor that they act and I am sure that in other situations, I may do the same thing. So I give them permission to blog about me when I do it to them. But know this, it is not an encouragement. I am sorry if and when I do this to others (and I am sure I do it). So if and when I fall, don't take joy in it but help me back up and dust me off. I will try to do the same for you.
Now for those who think I am doing good, please don’t! I have sepnt way more time on a God fast than I ever have fasting FOR God. I don’t think my measly 40 days will even make a dent in my neglect for my creator and savior. I claim He is the most important thing in my life but way to often I find myself worshipping ME, Serving ME and building Me up. God said he is the “I AM” but I like to try to be the i am way too often.
I don't know what camp I'm in but I find what you are doing refreshing and inspiring.
Ok, there are three types, those that have said nothing but are silently encouraging me. Thanks John!
I will probably get thrown into a new camp for this one but oh well. I do not feel that 16 applies to you but 17 and 18 are interesting:
(16) And when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, of a sad face. For they disfigure their faces so that they may appear to men to fast. Truly I say to you, They have their reward.
(17) But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
(18) so that you do not appear to men to fast, but to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly.
Love ya man,
Not a new camp, just a different camp.
I commend you for your dedication to do this--it is definately something we can all learn from! Thanks for being so honest and willing to share--even if we tease you from time to time!
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