Ever wondered how your practice of Christian devotion affect others? LiveScience Senior Writer, Stephanie Pappas reports that for some Ethiopian Christians, their practices of Lenten devotion don't just affect other humans. She writes:
Humans aren't the only ones who give up certain foods for Lent. In the 55 days before Easter in Ethiopia, hyenas are forced to turn from scavenging to hunting to make up for Christians' fasting traditions.
Members of the Orthodox Tewahedo Church give up meat and dairy during the Lent period in Ethiopia. Now, a new study of hyena droppings finds that local hyenas, deprived of butcher scraps during this time period, supplement their diets by hunting donkeys for food instead. ...
Ok, so most of us don't aspire to affect the eating practices of hyenas. But we can be sure that our acts of devotion don't just affect ourselves, but others around us. If we fast from anger, bitterness, malice, envy, greed, gossip, or any other sinful attitude or behavior, those with whom we have relationship also end up fasting from the negative effects of such attitudes and actions. We pass the fast on down the spiritual food chain. In the end, we are all the better for it!
"In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth" (Colossians 3:7-8, ESV).