Apparently, some thinkers at Whirlpool decided that it would be appropriate to prepare for the holiday season by cleaning out our refrigerators. They decided that November 15th is a good time to perform minor tasks that could help keep your appliance running strong.
Things like empty each shelf, throw away old, nasty leftovers, disinfect the interior, vacuum the coils, and clean underneath.
Seems reasonable enough to me.
But then I wondered, can the idea of tossing out old food increase your faith?
Not Your Typical Holiday
This one is a little bit different though, right? I feel assured that you aren’t going to tune into the Hallmark Channel and binge watch movies about appliance maintenance. And you’re not likely going to send anyone a Throw Out Your Leftovers greeting card.
While this holiday- wait, is it a holiday? Well, maybe not, but it is a thing and has been since 1999 when Whirlpool home economists made it so.
But it really is a recognized day. And National Clean Out Your Fridge Day actually does have some positive and intelligent intent behind it. Maybe someone who participates avoided having to replace an expensive appliance right before Christmas.
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Removing the Stale Meat and Potatoes
Well, hopefully you won’t lose a good slab of steak or a decent dish of potato salad in the nether regions of your fridge. But if you did, don’t worry there’s a lot worse that could happen.
Especially by keeping the door closed and the lights off in your spiritual life rather than in your refrigerator.
And giving maintenance to that part of your life is exactly how you increase your faith.
Makes me think about the old, stale methods of living out my faith that haven’t worked. Then I can start to see the parallel to this fridge day thing.
It’s like this. Sometimes I get stuck in a rut of doing the same ‘spiritual task’ over and over. I heard that Billy Graham reads 3 or 5 chapters in Psalms plus one chapter of Proverbs every day. So I thought since he’s a faith giant, his methods must be superior to whatever it is I’ve been doing.
What I discover is that when I try to follow someones example, sometimes it’s awesome. Sometimes it’s not. Often it’s great for a time, and then it gets stale as I grow stagnant and keep doing whatever it is just because it’s what I’m supposed to do.
And sometimes we need to remove the old, stale things from the ‘refrigerators’ of our spiritual lives and bring in something fresh.
Billy Graham’s method is a great way to connect with God in His word. Psalms teaches us how to communicate with and revere God, and Proverbs teaches us how to deal with the people in our lives.
And I’ll admit, his process of daily reading will increase your faith while helping you form the habit of being in the Bible every day.
And that is what it’s all about.
Trying New Life Recipes Will Increase Your Faith
If your daily habits of prayer and reading the Bible are spiritually nourishing to you right now then don’t change things. You’re already way ahead of many Christians.
And in case I’m sounding like I’ve perfected my daily nourishing routine with the Lord, I haven’t.
But if you’re like me and some weeks your daily reading and devotional time is a bit like old potatoes, by all means whip something fresh up.
It really is a bit like emptying the shelves and wiping things down and then restocking with fresh produce.
You could take 31 days and spend them in Proverbs. There’s one chapter for each day in a month so focusing on one each day and highlighting what stands out or writing down your favorite verses in a journal or notebook can be pretty filling.
Especially when you go back to that notebook later and focus on just the verses that spoke to you the loudest. Using a Bible journal is a great way to consume Bible verses.
You can do that very same process with the Gospels, Psalms, or the historical books from the Old Testament like Chronicles and Kings.
What I’m Cooking Up for You
Most people ask me to make them coffee because I’ve worked with the stuff for 16 years, but I like to put good spiritual meat out for the people I love too.
To that end, what I’ve begun working on is a 31 day journal through Proverbs.
That will be ready soon after the New Year and when you subscribe, you’ll know when it’s ready.
And, if you want to connect, reflect on what you’re reading with someone, or just give me a high five, you can contact me here anytime.