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Devotional

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. - 2 Corinthians 7:1

Do you ever go to your fridge for a snack, open the door, look around at an almost FULL fridge and realize there is nothing to eat?

For a long time, I was the kind of person that always had a full fridge, with nothing to eat.  And I can honestly say that the majority of it was filled with a bunch of things I didn't need: things that probably weren't healthy for me, things that were healthy for me but I didn't like, things that were expired (check your salad dressing), things that spoiled other items and things that I never really used, but I didn't want to throw away "just in case".

I realize now, sometimes life can get like that too. Of course I have things in my life that I enjoy: people that encourage and inspire me, hobbies that help me grow, a purpose serving at church each week and overall things that I love and need (like bacon). But instead of stopping there and leaving room to grow in my faith, I filled the empty parts of my life with things I didn't need: things that weren't right for me, relationships that should have expired, ministries that I was not called to,  activities that just filled the void, and items that I never used but I didn't want to throw away "just in case".  And over time, all of those extra, misfit, unnecessary, even toxic things caused the good things in my life to spoil.

I've learned that having extra room in your life (or your fridge), doesn’t mean you need to fill it. There's a divine purity that comes with being completely satisfied with the things that are a perfect fit for you and your spirit and then leaving room to grow.  Don't clog your time, energy, care, and attention with things, people, and activities that only take up space. 

It’s okay to say no.  It’s okay to have “me time”.  It’s okay to be still.  It's okay to be holy and set apart.  It’s okay to have a half empty fridge. #PurgeTheFridge

By Rachel Acevedo