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Financial Fast

June 27, 2011

I like to eat.  I like to eat a lot.  I watch the Food Channel at night.  It’s cost me a few regrettable late night pizzas.

Yesterday at C3 we talked about fasting, one of the ancient practices of the Christian faith where you deny your appetite for a period of time so you can focus on your relationship with God.  I was pretty convicted.   This practice has been well off my radar.  I’m not sure if I mentioned this, but I like to eat.

I know I’m not alone – everyone loves to eat.  But that’s where the power lies.  When you can deny your body something you crave, something you feel like you need, and then take that desire and transfer it to a greater good, it can’t help but change you.  God understands that.  This practice of fasting is found throughout the Scriptures, both Old and New Testament.  And in every case, God does something amazing.

Believe the same concept holds true with our personal finances.  What’s the one thing that can get you in trouble with money faster than Paula Deen can say “more butter?”

Desire.

Desire for things.

Desire for things we don’t really need.

What if you and your family went on a financial fast?  What if you…

-fasted from eating out for the month and bought groceries/gift cards for a family in need?
-just drank water for a month and used the savings to help fund a well in third world country?
-didn’t buy any new clothes for a year and adopted a child through World Help?
-canceled cable and use the funds to go on a mission trip?

Talk to your family.  What can you fast financially?  It will change you…for the good.

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