feast & fast

from Mother Ruth

Let us…
fast from worry, and feast on trust in God,
fast from complaining, and feast on appreciation,
fast from negatives, and feast on affirmatives.

Let us…
fast from emphasis on differences, and feast on the unity of life,
fast from hostility, and feast on tenderness,
fast from anger, and feast on empathy.

Let us…
fast from judging others,
and feast on the image of God within them,
fast from words that pollute, and feast on phrases that heal,
fast from idle gossip, and feast on purposeful silence.

Let us…
fast from self-concern, and feast on compassion for others,
fast from discontent, and feast on gratitude,
fast from bitterness, and feast on forgiveness.
fast from facts that depress, and feast on examples that inspire,
fast from discouragement, and feast on hope,
fast from anxiety, and feast on prayer.

(Author unknown)

2 thoughts on “feast & fast

  1. With the 10 commandments, it is generally reckoned that the joke is ‘nine out of ten is not bad’ – with your list, Ruth, I can muster one and one is never enough for a pass. I reckon I can pass on appreciation. Shame about the rest! Good post though!

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