This concludes 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:
Day 1 – our relationship with God was likened to a dance. Both partners are necessary because God chooses to work through us –what a responsibility! Ever found that you are the answer to your own prayer? [I often struggle with this: trying to do God’s job for him, and then neglecting my part.]
The characteristic for this day was justice – which Cindy says ‘has more to do with how we treat other people than it does following a set of [rules]’.
‘A person who has a sense of justice treats others with fairness, is respectful of the rights and needs of others, and is non-partial when it comes to showing kindness and mercy.’
Day 2 was about accepting and tolerance. Tolerance is ‘not about condoning undermining and evil behaviour, immoral lifestyles, or unethical dealing, but is about the ability and capacity to embrace the differences in others as well as their right to choose their destiny, beliefs and convictions.’
Cindy reminded us how often the marginalised, people with chaotic lives, showed up in the life of Jesus.
‘Jesus saw people so differently than the world sees them, accepting and loving them where they were and tolerating their weaknesses even as He loved them into more than they could imagine or ask.’
[And that’s my experience of God, which I’m writing about in ‘my story’.]
‘To live out your destiny and impact the world on God’s behalf you must not only accept other people where they are, but be grateful God has caused you to cross paths. What do they have to teach you?’
As well as showing tolerance towards others [which I tend to think I manage quite well], we were asked to rate our capacity to tolerate unfavourable conditions – accepting what life throws at us and not judging it as good or bad [something I’m not very good at; I’m too easily discouraged]. Often, unfavourable conditions teach us more than favourable ones.
Day 3 – making a stand. Stand up for the marginalised, for those who can’t speak for themselves. [I must admit, I struggled a bit to understand quite what Cindy’s questions were asking for here – but Hey, I can (and probably should) go through this exercise/fast again in a year or two’s time, and maybe be able to answer these questions.]
Day 4 – unity with others, realising that we are all interdependent – we need one another. Paul in his letters uses the analogy of a body – all parts necessary, and some of the not-so-pretty parts are the most essential. I often think about this when people seem to look down on bin-men. They soon complain when the rubbish mounts in the streets!
‘The more authentic we become, the more interdependent we will be. As the dividing walls and facades come down, we learn to trust in and rely on one another…’
Day 5 – Telling your story – building community. This spoke to me of my blog, where I’m telling my story, and hoping to encourage others to share theirs, building a supportive community online.
‘Tell your story. Better yet, write a bigger story for yourself!’
That is, becoming more authentic is not a selfish exercise, but makes us better able to build communities for everyone’s benefit – especially the marginalised.
See at: https://delemares.wordpress.com/category/40-day-soul-fast/ for previous posts in this series.
Have you been following Cindy’s Soul Fast? Do you have a story to share?