Fasting and feasting…-A A +A
Saturday, September 8, 2012
WHO said that fasting is only for the Lenten season?
As press time was fast approaching today (Friday), and I still did not have any topic to write about and share, “Praise God!” the homily of the priest was about Fasting and Feasting! I found it quite interesting and brought out my cellphone, and pressed frantically for the “memo pad” button. People around me must have thought I was busy texting during the homily! (Though I am guilty at times, and I do get a stern look of disappointment from my daughter!)
Anyway, I hope I got most of them down, and with the help of Angie…:
“Fast from suspicion, feast on truth.
Fast from lethargy and apathy, feast on enthusiasm.
Fast from gossip, feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from problems that overwhelm, feast on prayer that sustains.
Fast from thoughts that weaken, feast on promises that inspire.
Fast from apparent darkness, feast on reality of light.
Fast from thoughts of illness, feast on God’s healing power.
Fast from words that pollute, feast on phrases that purify.
Fast from unrelenting pressures, feast on unceasing prayers.
Fast from facts that depress, feast on truths that uplift.
Fast from complaining, feast on appreciation.
Fast from negatives, feast on affirmations.
Fast from hostility, feast on tenderness.
Fast from discontent, feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger, feast on patience.
Fast from bitterness, feast on forgiveness.
Fast from discouragement, feast on hope.
Fast from worry, feast on trust.”
My Dearest Children,
If each of us will be able to keep to heart most of the above “fasting and feasting” guides, life would definitely be more pleasant.
For truly, every situation is neutral, it’s how we look at it that makes it positive or negative.
Let us choose to fill our minds with all that is positive, feast on them; and fast and abstain from all that is negative.
Phil. 4:8:12 says, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent and praiseworthy, think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received from me, or seen in me, put into practice, and the God of peace will be with you.”
This bible phrase must have inspired many great thinkers and authors of books on “positive thinking” and on having mindsets for success and leadership.
Search no more! It’s all found in the “book of life”! (and it’s just in our bookshelves; often times, gathering dust)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 08, 2012.