Have you ever just wanted to quit an addiction, even if for just a short period of time, to detox your body from chemicals that are self induced and abundantly damaging to your general wellbeing? My wife and I did….
Here lately I’ve been doing the Bible study, “The Resolution for Men”. A study based around the concept of the movie Courageous, designed specifically for men who want some good advice and a reminder to their calling from God. Going through it, it’s made me consider how every choice I’ve made, am making, or will make has been from a leadership standpoint (whether or not it was the right choice or not). Trust me I’ve made some terrible choices while at other times I sought after God’s plan and knew that I had lead me and my wife in the right direction.
Seeking after what I believe is His will for my life, this coming week we have both decided to take a fast from things that have proven to be a general distraction from not just Him but also each other. My wife is going to do a blog about it to some extent so I don’t want to steal her thunder, and I won’t go into any detail.
Sometimes you just have to detox the world out of your life. I believe that it would do everyone good to turn the world off and turn God and family on louder. I hope at the end of this period of fasting we achieve 3 main things:
- Spiritual Clarity: we aren’t really seeking clarity on anything specific. But for me, I want to be closer and have a deeper relationship to/with God. I want to stop for just a period and say “God, please speak to me, please be with me….please let me be close to you”.
- Marital Clarity: for me this isn’t an indication that anything is wrong with our relationship, to the contrary it’s still as amazing as the day I met her. But I fear more than anything complacency. I think you can get complacent while everything being great, which could be setting you up for a major let down when it isn’t great. To counteract that I think a couple has to always be sure to work together and serve the other.
- Sound Clarity: For me this is also about bringing simplicity back to my ever hectic life. I thrive off of 2 totally opposite things. I like the grind, the pressure to meet deadlines, the need to do efficient quick work. But….BUT….my wife will be the first to tell you one of my favorite things is to sit on the back deck drink a cup of strong coffee and smoke a quality cigar. I need both in my life but all to often the former outweighs the latter. So a week of playing cards, listening to country gospel, knitting, talking….is exactly what I need.
So hence forth we travel.
-What doest t profit a sir to gain the w’rld and loseth his soul?