Jesus apparently once advised someone wanting to sacrifice, to focus on the joy that the sacrifice gives Him (big or small) and not focus on the sacrifice itself.
Makes sense to me. I think there is too much focus and attention given to the mechanics of the bread and water fast and not enough on the joy. Most of the accounts I read on this forum about fasting speak only of the difficulties and hardship.
It’s like focusing on the agony and pain of the cross but not being aware of the outcome and the reason why Jesus made this sacrifice – out of love. And with love comes joy.
So why not try focusing on the positives and the end result rather than the mechanics – the joy our sacrifice brings to the Lord.
Let’s be joyful also in our approach to serve the Lord in this way.