Fasting Fear

Fasting Fear

by Hlumelo Petros

There are many inspirational figures in this world: celebrities, Nobel Laureates, billionaire business men and women, but I think the most inspiring people in the world are those that are new to the world…babies!

Yes! Within 12 months, a baby reaches incredible milestones- from being delivered into a new world, barely knowing how to communicate, walk or even feed themselves, to every day (and month), learning to adapt and navigate themselves through this new life. Of course, these are called “development milestones” and they are necessary for growth.

Children do not stop growing, so we can not expect clothes a baby wore at 2 months to fit them at 6 months and we cannot expect a baby to eat at 7 months (to the rest of their lives) the same food they ate at 0-6 months. Matthew 9 v 14-17

Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. 16 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.

Matthew 9:14-17

So my questions are: at what point did we stop growing? Did we somehow allow our fear of falling to stop us from learning to walk? Are we still feeding on milk instead of eating solids (meat)? Are we still crawling when we should be running? Are we still in the same state mentally/physically we were at last month or even a few years ago?

Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly.

1 Corinthians 3:1-3

Just as babies need their parents/ guardians to help them through their development, so do we need God to help us grow and reach our development milestones. A parent does not simply tell a child to put each leg forward in order for a child to learn how to walk, instead, the child learns how to walk through watching a parent walk. As servants of God, when we keep our eyes on God so we can learn to walk in the faith-just as Jesus did.

Every month should be a testimony of our growth, no matter how scary or tough the road ahead is. Our personal development should not stop just because we feel as if we have failed too hard in life that we do not deserve to move forward. That’s why I think babies are inspirational, they do not resort back to crawling just because they have fallen a couple of times, instead they fall a couple of times until they learn how to walk. It is their childlike faith that helps them evolve in order to walk upright. So I urge you, do not let fear stand in the way of your growth and development.

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