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Mystery Dishes.

How often do you clean out your fridge? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? I am hoping you didn't laugh just now and say, "Never."

You know how this works right? Some families will finish their meal and preserve leftovers. We'll eat those tomorrow or the next day. Sometimes that happens and sometimes it does not. What transpires then is a mystery thriller right inside your fridge. Those covered dishes get shuffled around and pushed to the back and then seemingly disappear.

Strange things occur and odd odors begin to slowly invade our refrigerator. These events usually happen over a long period of time and are barely noticeable. What was viable leftover food on day one has turned into some greenish grayish mass of bacteria forming 'petri dish' and all in the back of the fridge.

I have been watching the dish pictured here and I have already forgotten what is was that we saved. I continue to reach over it to get my Heart Smart butter. My rationale is simple. If I don't shuffle the mystery dish to the back it won't become a forgotten ticking timebomb. I probably should open it and make note of what it is that we saved.

Our walk of faith can be affected by our penchant to sin. We set aside those sins that divide and separate us from God; our doing and not God's. We think they are useful and we'll need them in the future; so we cover them and store them away. Sin is bad enough, but left unattended and forgotten and bad things transpire. Leftover food in a covered container and our sin share equal issues.

"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:8-9, NIV)

Let's pause to clear the fridge and take stock of our sin inventory. Cleaning the fridge and confessing sins will bring about a refreshing and renewed atmosphere. Nothing smells worse than unknown unrecognizable food in the back of the fridge. Likewise for unattended sins.

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