So I’m eight days into my Fast for Freedom. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can look here: Fast For Freedom .
Anyway – eight days in. I go through this during Lent as well, but it just amazes me how much I turn to material things to satisfy non-material needs. I’m amazed by how often I do it, I’m amazed by the reasons I do it. I’m amazed. And not in a good way.
I gave up eating out and Coke, or any substitute I might be tempted to stop and get in lieu of a Coke.
The reasons I come up with to spend money on one of these things?
- I’m sleepy.
- I’m bored.
- I’m lazy.
- I’m anxious.
- I’m happy!
- I’m sad.
- I’m frustrated.
- I’m hot.
- I’m impatient.
Here’s what it boils down to – I’m ridiculous… and I’m spoiled… and I desperately need to learn to say “no” to myself more often.
I love the things God is showing me already. It has afforded me so many opportunities to remember to pray for those I’m trying to help with the money I’m saving this month. It has given me opportunities to share with and remind others of what the A21 campaign is doing when they see my wrist band, or ask why I’m not eating out, etc. It is showing me how often I turn to temporal things to satisfy what only God is meant to satisfy.
So, I'm excited to see what else God is going to show me this month - it's not too late to join me!
What’s your crutch when you’re having a bad day?