2016 40-day Fast

Day 21/40-days: You can laugh again

There is no way around it, fasting is tough; it will make you miserable.

However, the purpose of fasting is not to keep you miserable. Fasting is about making you better. It is about cleaning away debris from your body, soul, and mind so that the eternal spring of God’s joy can flow freely in your life again. 160122 Day 21

Bottom line, the Christian life will include sorrows, sickness and heartbreak. As long as we live in this world we will not be exempt from these things. However, the Christian life is not supposed to be defined by those things. Rather, it is to be defined by joy—joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Remember dear friend, this season of fasting is not the end it is only a means to the end. The “end” (purpose) is finding delight and joy in your God. You are getting closer every day. Yes, trust me on this, you will laugh again.

  • Prayer: Father God, I will wait patiently. I know you love me and better things are ahead.

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)

 

Following is a little extra reading is you have time. It comes from Chuck Swindoll’s book, Laugh Again160122 Day 21_extra

“Because I used to be much more driven and demanding (especially of myself), I would often search for things to read that would help me cool my jets. One excellent piece, written by a friar in a Nebraska monastery, has contributed more to my less-intense lifestyle than the author will ever know I hope it will bring similar benefits your way.

  • If I had a life to live over again, I’d try to make more mistakes next time.
  • I would relax, I would limber up, and I would be sillier than I have been this trip.
  • I know of very few things I would take seriously.
  • I would take more trips. I would be crazier.
  • I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers, and watch more sunsets.
  • I would do more walking and looking.
  • I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
  • I would have more actual troubles, and fewer imaginary ones.
  • You see, I’m one of those people who lives life prophylactically and sensibly hour by hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had to do it over again I’d have more of them.
  • In fact, I’d try to have nothing else, just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead each day. I’ve been one of those people who never go anywhere without a thermometer, a hot-water bottle, a gargle, a raincoat, aspirin, and a parachute.
  • If I had to do it over again I would go places, do things, and travel lighter then I have.
  • If I had my life to live over I would start barefooted earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
  • I would play hooky more.
  • I wouldn’t make such good grades, except by accident.
  • I would ride on more merry-go-rounds.
  • I’d pick more daisies.
  • _Charles R. Swindoll, Laugh Again, p. 69-70

Definition of prophylactic. 1: guarding from or preventing the spread or occurrence of disease or infection. 2: tending to prevent or ward off: preventive.

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