I began my fast on January 8th, and am now nearly finished with day 12. A couple of days ago I watched the movie Fireproof with my roommate. I’ve seen it plenty of times before and found many great truths and insights, but this time a new one jumped out at me. In one scene, the husband’s father tells his son that the halfway point (of the Love Dare) was the hardest part, because it’s where you really check your motives and find out whether or not you are going to do the thing right or just give up. I have found this to be true of fasting as well. My first week was not really all too difficult. It consisted more of gentle reminders to myself of, “No, that’s not on the list.”
Once I moved into the second week, and more specifically into the halfway point, temptation began to really set in. I also noticed a greater difficulty when I began to neglect my time with Christ. I have been exceptionally tired from my altered schedule and diet and so a few days in a row I slept more and spent less time in prayer and devotional and Scripture reading. These were the days that really reduced my energy and increased my temptation. Why? Because I was not feeding my spirit, I was feeding my flesh.
I don’t have much to say today except to encourage you that if, no not if, WHEN you determine to do a thing, whether it be a fast or a different type of consecration or just a decision to spend more time with our Lord, don’t get lazy about it. Don’t allow excuses to creep in. Believe me, I say this as much to myself as to anyone out there reading this. No matter how legitimate the reason for relaxing from it may be, don’t give the devil that victory over you. When you make a resolution, be resolute about it, because as soon as you let thing keep you from it, something else will immediately pop up to keep you from it longer.