To Fast or to Feast?

Lately I’ve been getting harassed by negative thoughts. Why is it so hard to love the people you don’t like? Yet so easy to be hurt by the ones that you do? I don’t want to feature anything depressing here but sometimes it helps to let it out. One thing I’ve realized though, we cannot control how people will respond to us. But we can surely choose our attitude towards them (even if we don’t feel good inside).

I came across this old Facebook post of mine which I re-posted from preacher/writer Rissa Singson-Kawpeng. The text is authored by American pastor William Arthur Ward. It strikes a chord in me, and somehow reminds me that it boils down to the choice between what will you abstain from, and what will you feast on to have that peace of mind I long for.

  • Fast from judging others; Feast on Christ dwelling in them.
  • Fast from apparent darkness; Feast on the reality of light.
  • Fast from thoughts of illness; Feast on the healing power of God.
  • Fast from words that pollute; Feast on phrases that purify.
  • Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude.
  • Fast from anger; Feast on patience.
  • Fast from pessimism; Feast on optimism.
  • Fast from worry; Feast on divine order.
  • Fast from complaining; Feast on appreciation.
  • Fast from negatives; Feast on affirmatives.
  • Fast from pressure; Feast on unceasing prayer.
  • Fast from hostility; Feast on nonresistance.
  • Fast from bitterness; Feast on forgiveness.
  • Fast from self-concern; Feast on compassion for others.
  • Fast from personal anxiety; Feast on Eternal truth.
  • Fast from discouragement; Feast on hope.
  • Fast from facts that depress; Feast on truths that uplift.
  • Fast from lethargy; Feast on enthusiasm.
  • Fast from suspicion; Feast on trust.
  • Fast from shadows of sorrow; Feast on sunlight of serenity.
  • Fast from idle gossip; Feast on purposeful silence.
To be at peace with yourself and with the world is for me, the greatest achievement in life.

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