Greg is our facilities manager and he also chairs our Lifecoast Foundation Board
Another year, another Fast; yikes, I hope this one goes better than past years. Does that thought enter your mind? Maybe you know for certain that this year is going to be a new beginning and even better yet, you’re going to get through the 21 days and then continue on with the significant changes you’ve made.
One definition I came across defined a Fast this way: “fasting is the willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time.”
My past Fasts have normally not continued beyond the 21 days and quite honestly were not life-changing nor was I willing. So, let me go on record and state that this year is definitely going to be different; I am willingly entering into a period of a change in direction with respect to both my diet and my spiritual appetite. I desire to enter into a year of spiritual and physical health – you are encouraged to hold me accountable.
So, I just made a type of vow (promise) and I stated something that I intend to hold onto; you can trust that I’m going to fulfill what I just said. That is really scary because I put a great deal of trust in what others promise to do, so I’d better hang in there. That leads me to this week’s Bible reading in Ecclesiastes 5. Like so many individuals, I tend at times to be rather flippant in my comments. In other words, I tend to not take seriously those things that come out of my mouth and even more often I tend to talk too much and not listen as much as I should.
What does God say about the words that we utter? My attention moved to today’s reading and specifically Ecclesiastes 5:2 – “Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God” and 5:4 & 5 – “When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.”
After reading these few verses I will be reminded to:
Pray before making a vow (promise)
Do nothing in haste
Consider the ramifications of what I promise (vow)
Consider who would be disappointed if I didn’t fulfill my promise (vow)
Acknowledge the blessings from fulfilling my promise (vow)
I continue to pray for each of our Lifecoast family members to willingly and joyfully enter into this 21 Days of Fasting; God will be faithful as you continue to submit to His leading.