For Lent this year, which started on Wednesday 18th February, I am encouraging us all to take on a fast of negativity. Below you will find an attachment explaining what a negativity fast is (and how to do it) and a list of declarations you can make to help bolster your faith.

Negativity is a vast issue in our culture. Our default position seems to be to make a negative comment rather than an encouraging one. For example, how do you feel about the weather? How do you feel about your job? How do you feel about our government? How do you feel about other events happening in the news. How do you feel about your noisy neighbours? How do you feel about the new one way system on the Barclay Estate? How do you feel about other drivers? What is your default answer when someone asks you how you are?

When we ask the above questions, they can provide insight as to whether we engage in negative thinking or not. When someone asks how you are, do you reply, 'not bad,' 'fine,' 'there but by the grace of God...' Or is your reply more like 'I'm really well and life is good,' 'it's been a wonderful week, thank you,' 'I had a lovely time with friends on Wednesday...' Typically, when I ask people how they are the response is less than positive. If you think about it, answering 'not bad,' is a pretty negative response. It's saying, 'well, it wasn't good,' even if it was. What lens do we use to process our thoughts? Are we so ingrained in our cultural negative/pessimistic thinking that we find ourselves unable to express joy or hope in our everyday situations? 

The purpose of this fast from negativity is to help us break out of our cultural bent towards negativity. It is not from the Kingdom of light. And so in replacing negative ways of thinking with kingdom ways of thinking, we are seeking to renew our minds as in Romans 12:2 - 

'Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.'

May you be blessed during Lent as you seek to embrace a period of renewing your mind with kingdom thinking.