|The Rest Stops for this month revolve around the spiritual discipline of fasting. For many Christians, this is a natural time to fast because of the season of Lent. Giving up something for Lent is a very good way of preparing for the death and resurrection of Christ.
Please heed a note of caution before you do the following Rest Stops. Some person should not practice fasting for medical reasons. If you are one of these persons, or think you are one of these persons, please check with your doctor before fasting from food. You should “fast” from other things upon which you depend: TV, Friday night movies, etc. Some of the Rest Stops below have been written with these other fasts in mind.
REST STOP #1: Taste and See that the Lord is Good
By Michele Hershberger
Fasting. If there were ever a concept that put fear into the hearts of many, it’s this one. Fasting is hard to do. I like to eat. I like my routine, and part of my routine is to eat. Or watch Raymond on TV. Or instant message with my buddies every night. Or a whole host of other things.
And then there’s the whole legalistic thing. What if I get all knotted up inside about an exact number of hours that I must fast and I miss God’s grace? What if I fast only to show off my Christian prowess with my super strength fast? What if I make this exercise into Extreme Sports for Christians?
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