Hello fellow friends,
During October I felt lead to fast Instagram for a week and boy, how much happened in that week in my spiritual life and personal life, I can’t tell ya. So, I decided for 2020 I’d set the intention to get off Instagram for a week once a month and I started my second go-around midday today.
Already, I have completed multiple tasks, more than I usually ever do in a day. One, it’s not too hot today, I hate the heat, it drains me and my body will give me all signs that this is NOT okay! I love the cold! It makes me feel awake and alive, I can complete multiple tasks and I cannot wait to get outside. I miss the cold so much. However, I am thankful we have humid hot weather where we live and not dry heat. Humid is a lot nicer, you’re skin stays moist and supple and you don’t feel like your bones are disintegrating inside your body like dry heat. Anyway, I noticed last time I fasted off Instagram, I did so much throughout my day creatively, chores wise and just became more productive in general. Even in my imagination!
Below, you will find pictures of proof that fasting from which ever social media platform has you by the neck, works. When I say fasting, I mean choosing to give up something to spend more time with God. It can be social media, food altogether or a food, idol or thing you use as a coping mechanism instead of relying on God (all things you rely on instead of God are idols). It requires a heart of sacrifice and humility and it to celebrate God in another way. I am still an amateur at fasting but it is another intention for 2020.
What did I get up to today you ask? Well, I made reusable tea bags out of scrap fabric that was given to me by a lovely and generous lady I met a few months ago. Next, I cleaned and cleared my room to take photos for the real estate as we are selling our house. AND I baked bagels for the first time!! When it comes to chores, which I have gotten a lot better at doing thanks to Melbourne, I did a load in the dishwasher (usually there’s more than one but today was a nice quiet day), a load of clothes washing and I even planned out my first week of January. This may not seem like much to some but the things I accomplished are creative things. When I’m consumed by other peoples creative images on Instagram (which are amazing and beautiful) all my creativity gets shoved to the edge of my brain, clogged up to the point of comparison to others lives. So unhealthy!! The Bible says not to envy others or other peoples’ things, because God is enough and what He has given us is enough. God is a present God and He is also a future thinking God but He wants us to be patient and trust Him in the present with the present and with the future.
“You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?“
– 1 Corinthians 3:3
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:4
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
– Exodus 20:17
God wants us as disciples of Christ to understand that what we have here on Earth is only temporary BUT we can use them for eternal purposes, such as our heart posture towards Jesus Christ and to others. Jesus wants us to understand His biblical economy which is to give and keep on giving.
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
– Hebrews 13:5
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life”
– 1 Timothy 6:17-19
“Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.”
– Luke 12:33
“You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.“
– Revelation 3:17
There are so many verses in both the New and Old Testament of the Bible about generosity and God’s economy I just can’t put them all into one post! I love how God thinks, He always challenges me to die to self and dwell completely in the Spirit and heart of Christ. I fail – often, but He knows and sees all and He knows my intentions and I love Him for being the safest being in the universe. There is no one else I would want to be vulnerable with, to lay my heart out on the table of sacrifice and beat merely for His eternal existence.
On that note, here are the pictures from today’s productivity! I hope it inspires you to sacrifice something that consumes you for something that fulfills you :).
Thank you all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
P.S. I also took pictures and uploaded this blog! How productive is that!