Fasting is not dieting. It is the “Abstinence from food and/or drink as an element of private or public religious devotion.” It may be something you tell everyone or disclose to just one person who can encourage you and hold you accountable. As Christians and in other faiths too, we fast to hear God more clearly and draw closer to Him by removing any distractions. So in this blog, I’m going to share different types of fasting and how they can be beneficial for not only Christians but non-Christians. I hope you learn something new!
What’s with the picture?
So the image is of dew drops on a leaf. I see fasting as the expelling of traits/behaviours in us that we don’t need/want. Purification process. Refinement.
Dry: a form of fasting that is done without food or water
Wet: a form of fasting where one abstains from food, but continues to drink
Daniel: fruits, nuts, vegetables and water only to drink (to flush out toxins), some say natural fruit juices may be included if they contain no preservatives, sugars, etc.
Soul: where you abstain from an activity which takes up your time with God or consumes your money/energy or just detracts from your productivity.
How does this relate to you?
I believe sometimes we do need to “fast” certain things/people in our lives as a way to reflect and think clearly but also as a form of self-discipline and self-control. There are things we cling onto and think “oh, I can’t give that up…it’s too hard.”
- Alcohol: for health reasons or show solidarity for a family member
- Sex – practicing celibacy for religious reasons or following a bad break-up
- Chocolates and sweets – managing your blood glucose
- Dairy products – for personal or even career reasons i.e. an athlete or singer
- Social media i.e. instagram, twitter and facebook – if you’re a student and have exams, if social media brings out a bad side of you or makes you insecure
You’ll be amazed at how this experience transforms your outlook on life and yourself. You may find by depriving yourself of that thing, you realise that it isn’t so essential in your life and that you are not dependent on it. We can allow some things to rule our lives so much so we become slaves to it; a fast can reveal that this not the case.