Lessons During Lent

This year for Lent, I decided to fast from something you’re probably going to laugh at because it sounds a bit silly. I decided that I needed to fast from watching the Golden State Warriors play basketball. I haven’t been watching my guys Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, KD and the team go out and practice their wizardly arts on the basketball floor. And it’s been interesting what I’ve been learning about myself in the process of this particular fast. When God’s people enter into fasts, of any kind, we renounce something that we’ve come to expect in our lives in order to carve out more space for God. In the vacuum that opens up from renouncing food, or sports, or whatever, we leave room for God fill that void and speak into our lives. As I’ve fasted from the Warriors I’ve had to laugh at myself a lot because I’m seeing how emotionally connected I get with a sports teams highs and lows. I am seeing that my emotions are surprisingly shaped by the Warriors wins and losses. Really, a sports team affects my emotional landscape the next day? Sadly, the answer is yes. I further recognize in myself that this kind of emotional investment is silly in comparison to the bigger priorities of my life. So as I fast, God is revealing to me all over again that I’m really good at getting wrapped up in minor things, while overlooking major things. God’s also showing me that things like the Warriors can have their joy-filled place in my life but they need to fit into their proper place. I guess I have to ask you the reader: what have you been learning in your fast during Lent?

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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