Orthodoxy

Our church is doing a 21day fast. I have never fasted in my 21 years of being a Christian! I know what all you really spiritual people are thinking- I'm pathetic I know. I have just always given into the overwhelming desire to eat. So I decided I would take Fasting Baby Steps, I am fasting dinner only. Ok, yes, I know your laughing now, "who cant fast one meal?" well, that would be me. I have never even fasted one meal. But I'm on day three and going strong!

It's very odd how you can hear the reasoning, the logic, the outcome of something and never "get it" that was me with fasting, I never got it . But here I am, obsessed with C.S. Lewis and he said, in a nut shell; "when you are fasting and you get hungry, that is your reminder of why you are fasting-to seek God." After I read that, I finally got it. And even though I'm only skipping one meal, I have had some really hard reminders.

I'm reading G.K. Chesterton's "Orthodoxy". I had heard Lewis say he was one of the most influential people he had ever read but the other day I was reading an interview of Ravi Zacharias, on leadership and he too said that "Orthodoxy" was the most life changing book he had ever read. I knew then, I had to read it. I'm not too far in it but so far I'm digging it. He is very redundant but I need that with this wondering mind of mine. It's a lot like Mere Christianity but very different too. When I get done I will post about it.

Comments

agardana said…
I think everything we do as Christians starts with baby steps. Even if we have been Christians for years and years, there is something new everyday. I am learning that fasting is not just about giving up food, but sacrificing those things that we don't think we can go without and those things that we allow to interfere with our personal relationship with Christ. Often times for me that can be tv, or sleep, or even involovement in other activities. Fasting food does give us that ever present reminder, as you said, to focus on our true source of life. Keep it up. Your life will never be the same.
Anonymous said…
This last year was probably my first time of fasting in 20 years of being a christian as well. Obedience and self control don't make us holy but they help us put ourselves aside and seek God and hear from God and have the fortitude to obey Him - wich does make us holy. The Lord has done many real and deep works in my life this year and I believe fasting has prepared me for each one. And setting a fasting goal that you can acheive over 21 days is excellent! It is better to be faithful in a small thing then promise a large thing you never deliver on. Of course, that's just me...
And to add to what Stacie said, abstaining from something that is good and even necessary is true sacrifice and submission.
You go girl!!!
Anonymous said…
ok my name is Ammye not anonymous