Hope you’ve had a wonderful week. We got back Wednesday night from vacation, and are trying to get ready for school. Two of three sons still have summer reading to complete and so it’s going to be a push to be done by Tuesday. But it’s worth it. We had a lovely summer and a memorable capstone trip in which we logged more than a thousand miles in a rented Chevy Impala. We packed our 10 long legs into that little number and saw some amazing sights. One of my favorite pictures is the road selfie above — it paints a picture of just how cozy we were.
I don’t know about you, but I find maintaining routines difficult when my boys are home. I want to be present and attentive to them, but that often means chucking my own agenda. Ahh, but Tuesday is a brand new day. It’s back to consistency with reading and writing and exercising and eating healthy. The world is my oyster. At least that’s how it feels. I am also aiming to add in some regular fasting. I have never, whether the boys are home or not, been consistent with fasting, but I do believe it is an important spiritual discipline. Even the simplicity of Jesus saying, “When you fast…” is always convicting. His assumption was that His followers would fast, and yet I’ve never made it a regular part of my life.
Will has been intermittently fasting for years but pretty much none of his admirable self-disciplines have rubbed off on me. Recently he was fasting in an airport while traveling with our younger two sons. This simple fact illustrates how fundamentally different we are. I love munching, getting coffee, and people watching in airports. The idea of fasting while traveling would never occur to me. Anyway, we were chatting on the phone and he was getting a little impatient about some travel inconvenience and I said, “Well, you’re probably just getting hangry from fasting.”
And his response has been replaying in my mind.
“You don’t get hangry,” he said. “You get you.”
It’s so true. Fasting brings out you. It magnifies your struggles. Just like being inconvenienced or being treated unfairly or any hurdle in life, our existing propensities can intensify under pressure. Increasing self-awareness is only one of the many benefits of fasting, but how great to regularly get a fresh look at you, unfiltered.
The world says, “you do you” but it’s not usually a call to use your God-given gifts for His glory. It’s more in the vein of “leave me alone, I’m good just how I am.” That’s not the message of the Gospel. The Gospel tells us that God knit us together uniquely in our mothers’ wombs. He loves us just how we are, but we are meant to be lovingly transformed more and more into His image. We become our truer selves and better, unique reflections of Him.
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV
Giving thanks today for a sweet summer, and praying for a season of discipline and growth. May we all continue to be transformed by beholding His glory.