The Purpose of ‘Fasting’

As today is my second day of Lent, I’ve had a few thoughts about what I’m doing.

I gave up movies/TV shows/other media outlets for Lent. However, I quickly found other sources of entertainment.

I noted, however, that my actions are sort of defeating the purpose of giving something up. My goal is to free up time, and by finding loopholes in activities, I’m still not opening up time to spend with God.

“You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.”

– Jeremiah 29:13

I’ve loved this verse since I first read it. It’s a constant reminder to me that the point of laying aside distractions isn’t to be more “spiritual” in “separating” or “distancing” myself from “worldly things”, but it is to be able to seek the Lord with all that I am: body, soul, mind and spirit.

I pray that in this Lenten season (and afterwards), I will be constantly reminded to give God my all, and not just some activities.


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