Feel like you are going fast all the time?
It feels like 90 to nothing all the time.
It’s probably because you are.
Getting things done is good. Especially when they are the right things.
But have you ever tried to take in the scenery in while someone is driving 90 miles per hour?
It’s possible it’s definitely not that same as if you work taking it in while on a casual walk.
Or in my example, wife gets on to me when we go shopping because she can’t take time to see all that is available because I walking too fast.
So how can fast slow you down?
How fast can slow you down
Well, the fast I am talking about is actually fasting.
So it’s not really fast as in going fast, but fast as in abstaining from food. Kind of like breaking fast or what we call breakfast.
Fasting is a discipline that can have great spiritual benefits.
It gives you natural prompts to reflect
As I have fasted, one of the greatest benefits it has had for me is that when the hunger pains come, it causes me to pause for a moment.
I take this time to think of what I really need most in that moment – a hamburger or God.
We can see how Jesus thought about it in these two verses:
- Matthew 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
John 4:34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
Fasting will give you an opportunity to reflect on what is most important in your life.
What do your priorities look like?
Is life about accomplishing what you want or what God wants?
It sends a message
Fasting is like sending a message to yourself. You know like when you send yourself an email or text reminder because you know that otherwise, you will forget about it before you even leave.
The message says: Dear body, you are not in control I am. It’s a personal message that says with God all things are possible. Even the denying of self. If you can do this, you can do just about anything. (make sure and play some upbeat music in the background while you read this)
Much like with any other habit, when the times comes that your flesh wants to do something that you know you shouldn’t, you will be prepared because you have been training yourself not to give into your cravings.
Pauls shares with us his experience in 1 Corinthians 9:27, “ But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”
Want to slow down? Go on a fast
I encourage you to give fasting a try. Once you start researching, you will find that there is tons of content on fasting.
Personally, I either go on a no food fast and I have also tried a Daniel Fast.
Here are some links to resources on fasting.