And John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and they came and said to Him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?”
What truly matters?
I’ve grappled with Lent and the idea of fasting. Fasting pops up in the Bible verses I’m called to read. Fasting pops up on my Instagram feed. It seems to be everywhere, and I grapple with it.
Although my childhood upbringing was not religious, my family recognized Lent. We gave up sugar. Every year. It was incredibly difficult, but also incredibly rewarding on Easter morning. As a child, that reward came in finally eating sugar. Devouring it. A lot of it. On Easter morning.
As an adult, I can see a greater good in giving up sugar – struggling through something difficult, treating my body as more of His temple… – but I lack the strength to do so. Or maybe the desire.
As I’m inundated with images of fasting, and feeling guilty for not giving up sugar, I ask myself, “What truly matters?”
And, I answer, always, “People. People matter.”
Maybe I’m being called to see people, without judgment, as God sees them.
Maybe I’m called to value them. To hear them. To listen. With eyes, ears and heart wide open.
I’m slow to this practice of fasting, but think maybe I’m on the right track. The track that is right for me.
What truly matters to you?