I watched my son doing his chores tonight. He has a habit of holding on to a toy in one hand while doing work with the other.  I know I have told him before that he needs to let go of the toy so he has both hands to work with.  Without both hands to work:

He spends a longer amount of time working

His work is messier

His sloppy work can cause other problems – like breaking a dish 😉

You see, his attention is divided.  He hasn’t committed his whole self to get the job done. 

I keep reminding myself of that same lesson during this fast.  I’m putting both hands in, committing all my attention to the devotion of seeking God.  In order to do that I am postponing some things I enjoy; reading a fiction book before bed, watching a movie with my husband.  I am not abstaining from these things but I am putting them in the right priority. 

Don’t get me wrong.  Watching movies and reading fictional books are not bad things.  But for these 21 days, I need to let them be further down my list and put both hands into my disciplines. 

Just like my son, there is a time when I can play more, as he also should have time to play.  And when we play I want us to play with both hands! 

Right now, I have work to get done!

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31

© Cheryl Meakins

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