So a few years ago, in college, we participated in a 30 Day Fasting Challenge (not fasting from food for 30 days... I'll explain in a moment, but if you want to skip to paragraph four, you can see what the challenge is about) in preparation for our upcoming mission trips (most of our teams were headed to fairly impoverished countries). I saved the booklet we used for the challenge because it was an incredible experience that I knew I would want to do again someday, and that day has come! Since it is such a unique, self-improving journey, I wanted to share it with yall and invite you to join me on the journey. Before I explain how the challenge works, I have a few notes.... First, this is a Biblically based challenge. While I believe anyone can benefit from the experience, the booklet definitely draws a lot on Jesus and other Biblical examples, so if any of that is going to bother you, perhaps this isn't for you. But if you can dismiss the things you disagree with, I think there is still a lot to be learned from this. Though one of the purposes is to grow closer to God and learn your dependence on Him, there are certainly plenty of other ways to grow through this, as a person! It definitely helps to get you out of yourself and see the world in a different way, mostly focusing on how much we have and how little others have. It puts life into a new perspective. Secondly, I want to encourage anyone who chooses to participate to modify when necessary. Keep in mind... this is called a "challenge" for a reason. It's supposed to be challenging. But at times there might be things that are literally not possible for you at the moment, so if you need to modify things, feel free to do so. I wouldn't want one day's challenge to make you miss out on all the rest. (For example... one of the days calls you to fast from shoes. I, and I'm sure many others here, cannot fast from shoes on a day that I have to go to work, so if that day happens to fall on a week day, I will just have to swap it with a weekend challenge instead. You can still grow from the experience without having to go so far as to cancel work because you can't wear shoes. Feel free to choose your own level of committment to the challenges, and I hope and expect no judgment if some people take it more seriously than others.) Alright, so all that being said, here's how the challenge works: for thirty days, you will be fasting from a new thing each day (I'll post a list below, so you can prepare yourselves and decide if you're up for the task). Each day comes with a short paragraph and a quote to kind of "explain" the day's challenge and what you are supposed to be learning from the experience. The 30 Days end with a 30 hour fast from all food (more on that later... we'll talk about disclaimers and being cautious and modifying as necessary, etc., when we get to that point). I think that's all you really need to know about the challenge, aside from the daily fasts, so I'll list them here. Keep in mind that these all have explanations that I will post daily, so if something seems confusing, like "How exactly do I fast from independence??" don't worry, it will be explained. Day 1: Fast from comfort. Day 2: Fast from the internet (I'll post this day's explantion at the end of day one, so we can start fresh.) Day 3: Fast from independence. Day 4: Fast from electricity. Day 5: Fast from running water. Day 6: Fast from possessions. Day 7: Fast from options. Day 8: Fast from friends. Day 9: Fast from warmth. Day 10: Fast from speech. Day 11: Fast from vanity. Day 12: Fast from hurry. Day 13: Fast from sleep. Day 14: Fast from cell phones. Day 15: Fast from shoes. Day 16: Fast from money. Day 17: Fast from fear. Day 18: Fast from people. Day 19: Fast from necessities. Day 20: Fast from noise. Day 21: Fast from "clean." Day 22: Fast from entertainment. Day 23: Fast from yourself. Day 24: Fast from waste. Days 25-29: Fast from overconsumption. (These days lead up to the 30 hour fast from food.) Day 25: Fast from luxury drinks. (continues to day 30) Day 26: Fast from sweets. (continues to day 30) Day 27: Fast from snacks. (continues to day 30) Day 28: Fast from meat. (continues to day 30) Day 29: Fast from carbohydrates. (continues to day 30) Day 30: Fast from food. So there you have it! This is the challenge I am embarking on, and I hope some of you will choose to join me. I know it is a rewarding experience. I will be starting the challenge on Thursday. This is purposeful, because for me, I would like to end my 30 hour fast from food by taking communion at church, so I would like Day 31, for me, to be a Sunday (because of that, I also won't be doing a full 30 hours... it will be more like 26, which is another example of modifying as you see fit). You can start with me on Thursday, or later if you choose, but I wish you well if you choose to join! I'll be posting daily, in the morning, whatever the booklet says about the day's challenge, and if I have any particularly interesting experiences, I'll keep yall updated. My first official post will be Thursday morning, Fast from Comfort, so until then, I give yall time to consider if you might want to experience this with me.