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