Giving up eating out or ordering food in is an opportunity to feast with family and friends. This fast is not about the reduction of spending on food, though that is not bad either. This fast is about feasting on the tranquility that the home is intended to provide. It is about growing in our hospitality and generosity to friends and neighbors.
A fast like this helps us to be intentional about sharing the gospel with neighbors, conversing with family around the table, and resisting the convenient and the immediate for the planned, lovingly labored over, and intimately shared.
Western society has moved further and further from a hospitable home, but there is no better place for the follower of Jesus to share the gospel than around the dining room table. Let this fast from dining out to be a feast of inviting others in.
NOTE: Feel free to participate with us in these fasts for part or all of the indicated month. Prayerfully select the fasts appropriate to your spiritual walk and stage of life and abstain from others. We hold a disciplined yet non-legalistic approach to fasting. Sometimes circumstances and relationships do not allow us to keep the letter of the scheduled fast. In that case we feast joyously knowing that fasting and feasting are complementary.