Fasting from Criticism

Generally, we associate fasting with abstaining from eating for a period. But a fast is simply taking a break or pause from something that we ordinarily do, in order to grow our sense of dependence on God and see things in a new light. This practice involves purposefully setting aside a period—usually a day—where we take a break from criticism. We don’t indulge in thinking or speaking negatively (even if we are right!). Instead, we open space to speak words that encourage, and think creatively about problems. One fruit of this practice is an increased ability to see other people (and oneself) with compassion

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