I'm ashamed to admit that I'm not very good at fasting. I'm reading "Spiritual Classics" by Richard Foster and ran across a section by Catherine Marshall. She wrote about fasting from criticizing. She mentioned how hard it was to be silent and not criticize anyone or anything for a 24 hour period.
As I thought about it, I started to realize that I can be very, very critical. I really felt the challenge of doing a 24 hour fast from criticizing - from both saying and thinking critical, harmful thoughts. I made the commitment and not five minutes later I found myself in a situation where all I wanted to do was complain and find fault with a person who didn't do what I thought they should have done. But the good thing was that I felt really convicted. I'm still in that 24 hour window. I'm trying to think carefully before I speak, and I'm asking God to help me keep from a critical mindset. I want to break the pattern.
Anyone else out there struggle with this?