I cannot imagine being someone who is actually doing something like giving up solid food or something that really is hard to give up like cigarettes or drugs. Food you need to survive and the other two are highly addictive. Temptation is really everywhere in every form. I didn’t even think much about sodas until I was giving them up. Then I had to drink a parting 1 Liter on Sunday night (of course!) and I can only imagine how many cigarettes were smoked, coffee was drank or food was eaten by others that day. We act as if giving something like soda or cigarettes or Facebook up is the end of the world so we need to fill up on it. We aren’t bears and its not hibernation but might as well be. I wonder if Binge and Purge is a cultural thing or just part of the human condition?
For me, Monday was an incredibly easy day for giving up soda/caffeine. I didn’t go anywhere and I don’t have any soda in the house. I do have a Keurig and lots of coffee pods for it but coffee isn’t really my caffeine nemesis, soda is. I go all the time without drinking coffee which is why a Keurig was a great gift from my father for my 35th birthday. Now if someone had bought me a Soda Stream, Monday would have been much more difficult.
Tuesday was different. I started back to school on Tuesday. I have decided I want to be a nurse when I finally decide to grow up and lucky for me there is a great school here that has a nursing program with a great reputation. Of course since my degree is in sociology I have at least 4 semesters of pre-requisites to take before I can even apply to the actual nursing program.
So Tuesday was day one and I only had 1 class and I brought a POM juice with me BUT I had errands to do after class before I headed home. I even met my dad for lunch at Subway and instead of my typical soda with my sandwich I had a water. I skipped the chips too because I knew chips would be salty and that would make me want the sweet of the soda.
Even then yesterday was a cake walk compared today. Mondays and Wednesdays are my big day. I leave my house at 10 am and don’t get home til almost 10pm. I didn’t take enough to drink and somehow I didn’t see a water fountain until 530pm. The only thing that made it easier at first was I didn’t have any cash for the vending machines but when I drove to the other building (its a ways away and I had limited time or I would have walked) I could have gotten a soda. Man I seriously thought about it.
Now I know that the idea is to pray for strength and to remember what God gave up (his son) for people’s salvation. I understand that but since I haven’t taken the dive back into the waters of the Bible yet I am just playing along for the giving something up for giving it up’s sake.
I do want to post the sermons that explain the purpose for the fast BUT I still haven’t watched them. So as incentive I will post them here for you to watch and then I will have no choice but to finally do it too (maybe I should have given up being a procrastinator for my fast!)
This is the First Sermon
And the Second
I wanted to add that just seeing the still frames made me realize I really miss this church. I NEVER in my life thought I would say that and some days I wish I had someone here that could take me to a great little church like Oasis here. And if any of my former church peeps are reading this blog I would love for you to comment just so I know you are out there 🙂