Along with many other Christians, I’ve just started a 21 day fast. A brief summary of a fast is where you get rid of something – in most cases food – and fill up the extra time you get from what you’ve sacrificed to spend time with our Heavenly Father.
This year I’m fasting all social media except email, and I wanted to share my 21 day journey with you to show you how fasting can relate to us as teens. All of my posts will be completely honest so that you can get the best idea of what a fast can mean for us teenagers. I’ll be focussing on four main topics each day: How I’m feeling, how the Holy Spirit has moved, what God has revealed, and how can this apply to us teens.
How I’m feeling…
Today I started writing a geometry revision sheet because I wanted to get my mind off facebook. I then thought of taking a picture of this sheet and posting it on instagram saying how hard the first few days of the fast is going to be… I think that pretty much sums up how I’m feeling.
People said that I would be feeling free after deleting all of my social media. Boy, were they wrong.
How the Holy Spirit has moved…
As I said, I’m going to be completely honest in these posts. So to be honest, although the Holy Spirit is always moving in my life, I haven’t felt the Holy Spirit move in a particularly big way as of yet. But I’m expectant for big things from a Holy Spirit perspective these next coming weeks.
What God has revealed…
Well, it’s certainly been revealed that I have a real addiction to social media. But in all seriousness, God has spoken to me today about letting go, and the importance of starting good habits, like fasting, at a young age.
Fasting as a teenager can be hard, especially when your fasting something like food, because it’s something that we need especially at this age as we’re still growing. So, it’s good to find something that is relevant to us that we can sacrifice for Him. That’s why I chose social media. It’s relevant to me, and it’s a huge sacrifice on my part.
Something that we need to keep in mind is that Holy Spirit related things may not happen straight up. In most situations that this happens, it’s usually God testing us in a sense to see if we are fully committed to the fast.
Although it can be hard at times, we must make sure that we stay persistent and expectant for God to really start moving.
If you are doing a fast at the moment, I encourage you to stay strong, persistent, expectant and excited for what God is going to do in your life.