Morning Cup of Joe – The Journey

I am not sure if you have ever induced a self-imposed fast for a definite amount of time but it is one of the most challenging things to do. Restricting yourself from the things you have come to enjoy on a daily basis is not easy. Thirty one days ago I decided to go on a self-imposed fast because I wanted to gain better clarity on my life and the direction I should go. A fast is similar to a spiritual contract with God. You give up the things that bring you the most satisfaction with the understanding that God will do His part in providing that which you seek. Like any contract, if you breach it by not following through with your word, the contract becomes void.

During my fast I placed myself on a restricted diet which included fruits, vegetables, grains and some fish while drinking water only; nothing else. I completely removed all meats, poultry, dairy, sweets, bread, coffee, soda, juice, and any fried foods from my diet. I must tell you that it is not easy to go 30 days without eating or drinking any of the aforementioned items but I did it!

This morning I woke up with an immeasurable feeling of accomplishment and joy unlike any other. My will power has been strengthened as a result of resisting temptation. My sense of self and direction is clearer now than it ever was. I was able to strengthen proverbial muscles including resilience, determination, discipline and willpower to name a few. If you have ever been on a fast you realize how much temptation is out there. It is interesting how the things you are fasting from are the ones that are freely offered. Not only are they offered, they seem to be everywhere in abundance. That is not an accident; temptation is a test of will.

This thirty day journey has taught me some valuable lessons which I will share with you. I learned that if you set a goal, you can reach it if you don’t give up! I learned that if you really want something, no matter how others feel about your chances of getting it, you can have it if you stay committed! I learned that everything must be in moderation, meaning you cannot over indulge in anything! I learned that you must make sacrifices for the things you really want! I learned that God will keep his promises and begin to fulfill His end of the bargain almost immediately! I learned that doing the most difficult and challenging thing is what gives you the strength to endure.

When you decide to be successful in life understand that you are going to face challenges; expect it. The road less travelled is the road you must pave to make it easier for others to pass. The challenges you face are not designed to break you, they are designed to make you appreciate the journey. No one said it was going to be easy but it’s certainly going to be worth it.

To The Top!
Joe Paul


2 thoughts on “Morning Cup of Joe – The Journey”

  1. This is definitely something I can relate to because I to decided to fast from some things a few months back and although it was tough, it was very well worth it. Reading this inspires me to want more and to do what I never thought I could do! Thanks Joe Paul for the positive messages day in and day out! This is always inspirational in my daily life!

    1. Mike D!
      I remain humble brother. Thank you for reading Morning Cup of Joe! My heart knows no greater joy than when my words and messages inspire a life. This is only the beginning brother!
      To The Top!
      Joe Paul

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