We all have times that we have to “do without”. Sometimes it’s something simple like an ingredient in a recipe. Other times, it is much harder, like having no paycheck for a long time. Every time we do without, the first thing we do is look for something to fill that space. There are many substitutions for that ingredient you thought you had. There are odd jobs to fill in the space until that right job comes along. During Lent, the concept of fasting can follow a similar theme. We do without on purpose so that we can fill that space with something of God. Some years, I have fasted one day a week, eating only bread and water until dinnertime. I will tell you that each time, I fill that space with a sympathy for those who live in hunger and with an appreciation for the fact that food is a gift that should not be taken for granted. There are many things to fast from, and I challenge you to find something, and do it thoughtfully. Even if it is once a week, take that space and see how God can fill it. You might be surprised at the blessing that comes from it.