Friday, October 2, 2009

Fasting & Social Justice

(From Wikipedia - Fasting is primarily the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time.)

A wise friend, talked about fasting this summer and there was one line that I won't soon forget.

He shared about having a vision of giving, not getting.  Taking a look at Isaiah 58 where fasting is for a purpose, our friend Dave said this...
"Fasting is about when you are at the last of your resources and you don't have anymore.  You say, 'I will take less so someone else can have some.'"
I love this.  This has come to my mind time and time again.  It has helped me make some beautiful decisions in the last couple of months.  Whether it is fasting for physical or spiritual help for another - "I will take less so someone else can have some."

Living faith (again, thoughts taken from our friend)
  • chooses the poor
  • shares with those who have less
  • uplifts those who are humiliated
  • gives food
  • gives clothes
  • gives wealth
And whatever we do to the least of these,  we do for Christ.


  1. Thanks for this Jamie.

    The line... "living faith uplifts those who are humiliated" caught my mind. I think that's one of the hardest things for me to see. Humiliation and intimidation are destructive at any age. To speak life, value, love, and significance into someone's life validates them as a person. Every person deserves that.

  2. What a wonderful post! The line "I will take less so someone else can have more" really struck me. I think I will print this post out so I can keep rereading it and to remember that my life needs to be about what God will do through me to accomplish his work.


  3. This is a beautiful post friend. "I will take less so someone else can have more." So counter-cultural, so good.