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Practice Denial of Self
It came as a total surprise to the young wife. Months before their first wedding anniversary, her husband presented her with an expensive-looking little box. She opened it and squealed with delight. There it was — the exquisite diamond necklace that she had longed to have but knew they could not afford.
“How did you manage to buy this?” she asked with great admiration. He explained: “Since we got married, I have been fasting during every lunch hour. With the money I saved I was able to buy the necklace.” Was his lunchtime fasting “self-denial” or “denial of self”? Actually, it could have been either one, depending on his underlying motive.