Day one of the 21 day fast has officially started. It's not a typical "don't eat" fast, although I do hope to work up to juices and water only on the last three days. I'll let you know how that goes :)
Judgment, one of the first weeds to pull from my heart garden. Nothing gives me the right to stand around and say that my garden looks better than yours. Likewise, there is no reason for me to sit around sulking that your garden looks better than mine. Matthew 7:1-2 says, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." How can we grow beautiful gardens in our heart that are pleasing to the Lord if we spend all of our time focusing on the gardens of others? Matthew goes on to say, "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye" (Matthew 7:3-5)
We are most definitely welcome to lend a helping hand to one another, but make sure not to judge and step over the boundary line. If we call others out on their faults, we're sure to be called out on ours. All of us have a beautiful heart garden in the sight of God no matter what we're going through. He is the only one who has the authority to reveal areas of weakness. "But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up anothe" (Psalm 75:7).