A MEANINGFUL FAST

Fast from judging others; Feast on Christ dwelling in them.

Fast from thoughts of illness; Feast on the healing power of God.

Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude.

Fast from words that pollute; Feast on phrases that purify.

Fast from anger; Feast on patience.

Fast from apparent darkness; Feast on the reality of light.

Fast from pessimism; Feast on optimism.

Fast from complaining; Feast on appreciation.

Fast from pressure; Feast on unceasing prayer.

Fast from hostility; Feast on nonresistance.

Fast from bitterness; Feast on forgiveness.

Fast from self-concern; Feast on compassion for others.

Fast from personal anxiety; Feast on Eternal truth.

Fast from discouragement; Feast on hope.

Fast from facts that depress; Feast on truths that uplift.

Fast from lethargy; Feast on enthusiasm.

Fast from suspicion; Feast on trust.

Fast from shadows of sorrow; Feast on sunlight of serenity.

Fast from idle gossip. Feast on purposeful silence.

William Arthur Ward, American author and pastor