Getting off on the wrong foot.
Our culture puts a lot of emphasis on starting things well and for good reason. We are more likely to finish something we start when we get off to a good start. We are more likely to finish a book, a movie, or even a fast when we get off to a good start.
The downside to putting so much focus on good beginnings is that we tend to feel like we should call it quits when we don’t get off to such a hot start. We tend to adopt the mindset that if we don’t start something well, then there isn’t much value in trying to finish it. However, our daily Bible reading today from Ecclesiastes says otherwise.
4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. 5 It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.
The underlying thought in verse four is that we should not delay fulfilling a vow no matter what “foot” we get off on. The value is in seeing the commitment through, and not having a perfect journey along the way. The same may be true with your fast. Maybe you haven’t gotten off on the right foot with your eating, your personal time with God, or staying off social media. That doesn’t mean it’s time to quit, it’s even more of a reason to see it through. God has always loved “Us” the imperfect creation and saw us through by redeeming us. Reflect the love of the father today and refocus on finishing your vow/fast strong!