Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Kill the Swill

Sometimes my fridge is like a black hole—things go in, and seemingly never come out. But just like the truth always comes out, the bad stuff always gets cleaned out of the fridge--sooner or later. The day of cleaning could be be a science lesson on decomposition and mold growth, and it's never pretty. There have been times someone has haplessly opened a container, and before they could slap the lid closed, the smell had permeated the kitchen.

Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever been around when someone popped open their mouth and, before you could turn away, has the stench enveloped you, making you wish for fresh air? (And I'm not talking about bad breath here! I'm talking about swill from their life or their attitude.) Have you ever done that yourself? Times when you've opened your lid and suddenly smelled a stench and before you could slam your lips closed, has the stench permeated the room? I've done that and it's horrible and embarrassing.

So, what can I do to prevent that from happening?

**Don't even put some of those things in the fridge! Toss them out.
“There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.”
~Proverbs 6:16-19

**Clean out the fridge more often so things don't spoil in there and get to stinking like that.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” ~Psalm 139:23-24

**Put good things in the fridge of your life.
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” ~Philippians 4:8

**Make sure to put an open box of baking soda in your fridge to absorb the unwanted smells.
“Thy word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee.”
~Psalm 119:11
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” ~Philippians 2:3-4

Just like we don't want a fridge full of spoiled food, we don't want our lives to be full of rottenness. We need to clean out the swill and make room for the fresh produce God wants to put in our lives, produce that can feed and bless those around us.

So, what's in your fridge?

3 comments:

  1. Oh, yuck! Yes, I've tasted the effects of "IcK" in my mouth more often than I care to admit. I desperately long to rid that filth from my life's shelf and make more room for His pure fruit to abound. Thank you so much for these tangible analogies. The only thing I don't like about them is that you keep reminding me I need to clean out my refrigerator, and oh my, the analogy will only come more to life then!

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  2. This is SOO true - and so practically explained with such wonderful real-life analogies (so Peejesque!). I love the baking soda/God's Word analogy especially. And, yeah - I needed this today--way more than I want to admit. Thanks, I think ;)

    (Oh, and congrats on your CWO spotlight, and thanks for mentioning me as a favorite blog! ::blush::

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  3. Hey there,

    I love your analogies! I may have to use them when talking to my kids before long.

    I found you through Joanne's blog, and have subscribed. I also took the liberty of adding a link and a teaser from your blog onto my blog. I trust you won't mind. :-)

    Thanks again for your memorable posts.


    Betsy Markman
    justanotherclaypot.blogspot.com

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