I Failed at My Water Fast
Recently, I tried to do a 21 day water-fast. After having finished a 21 day Daniel fast for spiritual reasons not too long ago, I was convinced I could do a water-fast for weight loss, lose a bunch of weight and emerge 21 days later ripped and bikini ready. 🤷🏽♀️
Now, let’s circle back to the beginning where I said “tried to do” because three quarters into the first day I was famished, cranky, miserable and ate a burger. 😩😂I’ve tried keto, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, weight watchers, atkins, plant-based, HCG diet etc. hunting for the perfect quick fix to have me swimsuit competition ready in 21 days or less. (A girl can dream). I lost a bit of weight on each of these, but nothing that lasted. So I cycled in and out of diet and workout plans just to realize there is no short-cut or quick fix to success.
God is not a spiritual diet. He isn’t a quick fix who can be ignored once a goal is reached or a problem is solved. Hopping in and out of His life will not result in lasting renewal for your own. For physical health, it takes whole-hearted and total commitment every day for lasting change to occur. For spiritual health, it takes whole-hearted vigorous and total attention on the Father. 15 minutes on a treadmill every day won’t help you lose 100lbs, if that’s all you do. Neither will 15 minutes of quiet time restore your life into something more beautiful than you had ever imagined, if that’s all you do.
God deserves and requires our total attention. I will never lose and keep weight off if all I think about when I’m hungry is Chik fil a. No, I have to choose to excavate thoughts that don’t bring me to my goal and focus on what will, all day, every day. God isn’t a diet plan. He’s a lifestyle change that must fully engulf our hearts and minds.
Matthew 7:13-14 “Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.