For the past couple of days I have had to try really hard to fast from myself, but it hasn’t been easy. Actually out of all the days I have fasted , this was the hardest. I didn’t realize how difficult it is to give up my own wants and desires to serve another! I really want to keep this one as a discipline in my life, too often I forget that itâ€™s not about ME!
Here is today’s challenge:
â€œItâ€™s amazing how much my definition of clean changedâ€
~Mike Yankoski after choosing to live on the streets for 6 months
One of the first things non-westerners seem to notice when traveling to a â€œwealthy nationâ€ like ours is the high priority we place on cleanliness. Trash is collected in bins, restaurants undergo strict hygiene inspections, yards are pristine, pets are flea-free, and clothes are worn only once or twice before being washed. We have even been taught to associate â€œcleanlinessâ€ with â€œgodlinessâ€ (i.e. good people live in clean neighborhoods, and bad people live in dirty neighborhoods; good people are bathed and well-dressed, and bad people are unwashed and wear dirty clothes).
Today, choose to be â€œunclean.â€ Give up your shower, toothbrush, deodorant, etc., and identify with those who may rarely experience those luxuries.
Well I am on the right track so far, no shower this morning, no brushing my teeth, and no deodorant(this one was the hardest). I am just pretending I am on a camping trip :).
Last night our Thursday Night Group went out to dinner at a local Chinese Bistro, and once again I ordered very wisely (eating out two nights in a row is something we rarely do). I ordered the grilled pineapple chicken with steamed veggies, and the sauce on the side.
This was actually a lot better then last nights dinner, I would so order this again.
After our fun night out with the group, I met up with my girlfriends and watched some Greyâ€™s Anatomy and Private Practice.
And of course we had to make a trip to the market for some Moose Tracks Slow Churned Ice-Cream, to complete the evening!
What a fun night!
Tonight I am going to Skinny Brides dress rehearsal for her big DAY tomorrow! I canâ€™t believe she is getting married tomorrow so crazy!!!! I canâ€™t wait to show you all pictures she is going to look stunning!
So, do you think you could fast from â€œcleanâ€ for a day?