16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:16-18)
I’ve wondered about this scripture many times. I’ve wondered if this is one of the reasons I never remember hearing much about fasting growing up. Maybe everyone was so good at fasting in secret that no one knew they were doing it? The problem with that is I don’t recall being taught about it either. That would lead me to another conclusion that there weren’t many people in my circle who practiced fasting.
Fast forward to today and it seems like I hear plenty about fasting and what people are fasting. Heck, I’m about to tell you what I’ll be fasting for the next 40 days. I’ll be telling you to encourage you to join me if you are so inclined. I see and hear preachers and ministers talking about their fasts. On some level that bothers me because of the above verse, yet I am thankful for the teaching and emphasis on fasting. Perhaps if I wasn’t judging their motives to share?
Since the above verse states that fasting is to be done in secret and with a joyful heart and expression, let me encourage you to join me on a 40 day Negativity Fast and Positivity Feast. It could be fun. Your friends and family might enjoy the change in your demeanor. You might even discover 40 days just isn’t long enough. What, you are already fasting something else? Why not double up and give yourself extra incentive to keep that disfigured countenance off your face when you really start missing that other thing you are fasting? 🙂
You don’t want to fast? Then join for the feast! They say the thing you focus on is the thing you become, so forget about fasting negativity and just enjoy the positivity feast and see what happens. Perhaps there is something to the power of life being spoken and feasting on light and declaring promises.
I’m about to find out!