Fast from Negativity: It's so easy to slip into a habit of negativity, especially when things are not going our way. It's also easy to get trapped in another's negativity. This week, focus on the positve, be grateful, cherish the good things, even if they are small. And when you are in the midst of another's negativity, change the subject, or if necessary, walk away.
Fast from quick judgments: Everything has a label these days....but labels aren't always something to be desired. When we label people, we are not seeing them as people, indivitudals, children of God. This week, for every perosn that you see, take a moment, see them, don't label them, see them as a unique perosn with their own story, on their own journey.
Fast from being closed: This one might take a little description. Sometimes in our life, we have a profound experience, but then we forget, time passes, and we move on. This was not the case for the woman at the well. When she encountered Jesus, not only was that a life-changing experience, but she went out and shared it with her whole village. This week, when we encounter God, let's not keep it to ourselves, let's not be closed off, but we too can go out and change the world around us.
Fast from Fear: In Lent we are called out into the desert, called to the mountain top, called away from it all, to be with God. This can be intimidating; we wonder what will happen, and how we will react. We are faced with another challenge when we go to be with God - we leave distractions behind. And when we leave them behind we are faced with ourselves....who we really are. This week, join God on the mountain top, and do not be afraid, but let God tell you who you really are to him.
Fast from Complaining: This week, in addition to your normal fast, fast from complaining. This one is going to take a serious conscious effort. Sometimes complaining just comes so seemingly natural. So this week, pay attention to where your heart is, and remember, a grateful heart silences a complaining voice.
Change Your Perspective: This week, when you see someone who is undesirable in your mind, think of Jesus and the Leper in today's Gospel. How did Jesus treat him? How should we view the people we see?
Intercede: Everyone is in need of something. This week, spend time each day praying for a specific person. When you pray for each person, ask God to give them what they need, and a willing heart and mind to recieve his love.
Clean up: This week take a good look around your life right now...how are your relationships: with your family, friends, co-workers with God. Life can get messy, right?! Take some time to make a plan as to how you can start the clean-up, then ask God to help heal these relationships.
Encourage: It's often easy to complain about situations and the actions of others, but complaining does not help anyone or anything, it simply tears down. This week, encourage someone, especially if you are tempted to complain.
Behold: This week, spend time beholding God. Just look at him, listen to him, and ask for the courage to follow him in every aspect of your life.
Follow: The magi followed the star, seeking the Messiah, the King. This week, reflect on what you follow. Do you follow sports, news, trends. How important is following these? How much of yourself do you invest in these? Spend a little more time each day seeking Jesus, following the Light.
1. Think of someone in your family that you have not talked to in a while.
2. Buy a card.
3. Write a note in the card.
4. Buy a stamp.
5. Mail the card.
Receive: It is said that it is easier to "give than receive". We find ourselves this time of year doing both. However, we have been given the greatest gift - Jesus. Let us receive him intio our homes, our families and our world.
Find Joy: In our world, it's sometimes hard to have joy. We all want to be joyful, so why don't we go looking for it. Sometimes some of our most joyful experiences are also some of the most difficult ones. This week, go looking for joy, and you might just find it.
Have Peace: This week, let peace reign. The peace that Christ brought into the world is such a gift. Share the peace that you have found in your faith with others.
Hope: This week, let hope reign. Jesus is coming, land we should prepare our hearts to welcome him. Prepare to welcome him by welcoming others into your hear, home, and church.
Grow and Go: What concrete steps are you taking to grow in your faith, to share that faith with others? This week, take a step, grow your relationship with God by spending time with him, then tske anoherv step and share that experience with someone.
Ponder: This week, think about everything you have in your life - the things you have been entrusted with by God. How are you investing these things so that they yeild more blessings for others?
Prepare: Spend some time this week looking at how much time and effort you put into things in your life. Then, look at how much time you spend preparing to meet God; how do they compare? If you find that you aren't investing your time wisely, make small changes. Make them one at a time, let them become a habit, and keep on growing!
Invest: Invest yourself in another person. Take the time this week to take focus off of yourself and spend it on another person, and do this without expecting thanks.