Follow my journey through ‘The 40 Day Soul Fast: Your Journey to Authentic Living [Kindle Edition]‘ by Cindy Trimm. You can find details of the book here:
As a writer, I’ve found this week particularly encouraging – the power of words; how our words can influence others (and ourselves – watch out for that negative tape playing in your head), and the responsibility we have to use our gift for the good of others.
Day 1 stressed the importance of meditating on the words of God, the bible. This is something which I have done for many years.
Day 2 was about taking responsibility: no one else can live your life for you.
‘It is up to you to guard your heart, govern your mindset, harness your thoughts, discipline your behaviour, and direct your words.’
‘Do you realise the responsibility you have to the world to become who God is calling you to be?’
Day 3 was about asking: asking God what he has assigned for us to do. Each of us has a unique assignment from God: doing what he has created us to do.
‘You have the potential to do all sorts of things, but you need to focus on the thing God has assigned you alone to do. Understand what your assigned “craft” is – and then master it and sail it!’
Cindy tells us to ask when we are ‘open to receive answers’. ‘Is this the key?’ I noted in my journal. Asking when we are willing to accept the answer and being prepared to carry it out. It’s about asking with a willing and obedient attitude.
On Day 4 we were encouraged to sow good thoughts: the importance of positive thoughts and being truthful and honest was stressed. We are to become impeccable, honest, transparent, nothing to hide, ‘free of error, mixed motives or hidden agendas’ [1Thessalonians 2:3].
Day 5 was about using our words, life-giving words, to bless others. To do this we need an attitude of compassion. Cindy defines compassion as ‘love in action’: the 1Corinthians 13 sort of love – patient, kind, unselfish, not harbouring grudges etc. [Incidentally, my definition of Grace is ‘God’s love in action’.]
Compassion can be expressed very simply:
‘Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest accomplishment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. – Leo Guscaglia.’
This reminds me of the words attributed to St Francis: ‘Always preach the gospel: use words if necessary’.
This was something I did as a nurse: we had to be careful what we said of a religious nature – but we could demonstrate the heart of the gospel by a kind word, a gentle smile (a big cheesy grin might be inappropriate), a light touch or even a hug (if appropriate) – showing by our actions that we care.
Week 6 was a week of encouragement – keep on doing what you are doing; using my words to bless, to give hope, to give encouragement and comfort – to others, but also to myself. Week 6 also reminded me that I have a responsibility to do just that.
‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.’ [2Corinthians 1:3,4]
See at: https://delemares.wordpress.com/category/40-day-soul-fast/ for previous posts in this series.
If you’d like to reach out in compassion to others, why not join Kevin’s ‘Just One Touch’ Campaign. Details here: https://delemares.wordpress.com/2012/07/18/522/