Fasting is removing obstacles in our path so that we are able to move faster towards something…hopefully something healthy for us…
Fasting is not just about ceasing from eating. Fasting is abstaining from anything that hinders us from reaching towards a life-giving goal or vision.
Historically, most religions view fasting as the sacrifice of abstaining from eating for a given period of time so that we may focus all of our attention on God, but we might also abstain from video games, binge-watching Netflix, over working, over shopping, or overusing our smart phones.
Yes, fasting is about identifying those things in our lives that we are addicted to…anything that demands our time and attention…any activity that seems necessary for us to get through the day…and stopping it.
Maybe we are addicted to checking our phones every 30 seconds. Maybe we are addicted to television. Maybe we are addicted to work. Whatever we are “thoughtlessly” addicted to, fasting from that addiction is helping us to practice to be “thoughtful” about how we spend our time and energy. It re-focuses our attention to bring harmful activities into view so that we might be able to remove them from our journey towards wholeness and healing…and, ultimately, towards God.
What is hindering you from healing and wholeness today?