Daily Devotional – 5/10/18 “Expiration date!”

Stop forcing something to work that is beyond its expiration date. Do you use spoil milk in your macaroni and cheese? Do you use old oil to keep your motor running? Do you cook old meat for your family? Do those old batteries still operate the remote? Can you stay in an apartment whose lease has expired? How about driving with expired tags or license? Can you? Then why are you trying to force something to work that has expired? If your church home isn’t feeding your spiritual need, it may be expired. If you put more money in that raggedy car than you do your house, it may be expired. If you consistently find ways to sabotage your relationship or have to search through other folk’s phone; your trust in them has expired. And I know this may be hard to hear but you can’t force something that no longer has the potential to be or do what you need.

It’s like this old cord I used to have for my phone. Most of the protective coating had worn off, there were wires hanging out the end and sometimes I’d have to play around just to get it to charge but I still trusted in that cord. Until one day when I really needed it. Phone was dead and all I had was this raggedy cord that was past its expiration date. Yea, it worked the times before but when I needed it the most, it could not help me. And although I wanted to blame the cord, I couldn’t because I knew it was past its expiration but I still tried forcing it. Why? Because it “used” to do what I needed. Yea, I saw the signs but it used to work. Yea, I knew it but it used to work. Beloved, stop forcing what you know needs to be discarded. If it/they cannot be what you need in your time of need, it/they may just be past its expiration date too. Stop trying to make things work or stuff taste better when it’s past its expiration date. Yea it used to work but it doesn’t anymore. Face the reality, shed a few tears, throw it out and then you’ll have the possibility of replacing it.

Daily Devotional – 9/11/12 “Check the expiration date!”

Yes, you read this right. You need to check the expiration date on some things in your life. Oh, you didn’t know? Well, let me tell you, everything has an expiration date. If you don’t believe me then turn your bible to Ecclesiastes 3 and read the following verses…

Verse 2 says, “A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,” which means people have an expiration date; it’s called dying and even things that are planted because when they expire, they are uprooted from the ground. Verse 3 says, “A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build.” Now, kill here means as in self-defense and not because you felt like harming someone because the bible says in Exodus 22:2, “If a thief is caught breaking in and is struck so that he dies, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed.” Even old buildings expire, which is why they are said to be unlivable and are torn down. Heartache, yes it has an expiration date; it’s called getting over it which is why verse 4 says, “A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” Verses 5-8 goes on to say, “A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” So you see, all things have an expiration date. Bad relationships do, it’s called moving on. Sickness has one, it’s called healing. Sorrow even has one, it’s called joy. Suffering has one too, it’s called peace. Why do you think everything that you buy has an expiration date on it? Because at some point, some things just get old and need to be thrown out. Yea, you know those favorite shoes that you have that are barely holding together, it’s past their expiration date. That man, that other woman’s husband, who you’ve been holding on too for years now; it’s past their expiration date. That woman that you’ve been asking to move in and she won’t because she still needs time; it’s past her expiration date. That job that keeps overlooking you for promotions, it has expired too. That raggedy robe that you keep holding on too that no longer has pockets and has no buttons, it also has expired. See, it’s time you do inventory in your life and see if the things that you’ve been holding on too are expired because if they have, they maybe the thing that is affecting your health. No, I don’t mean you need to go home and act a fool on your spouse but I am saying just take a look around. If you are still allowing your grown child to live at home with no job and can’t even clean up the room they currently stay in, for free, their time of freeloading has expired. If that friend who always need help from you but can never be there when it’s your time of need, they too have expired. Even trouble has an expiration date which is why Ecclesiastes 8:6 says, “For there is a time and a way for everything, even when a person is in trouble.”

I’m not trying to tell you that you need to start acting a plum fool but I am saying look through the things that you have to see if they have expired, the same way you clean out your medicine cabinet. Old medicine is no good and neither are old feelings of hatred and malice. If folks hurt you, in the past, it has expired and now you need to move on. Stop holding on to all that old crap because it’ll soon weigh you down and then you won’t be any good. Let go of things that keep you from being exactly who you need to be. Let go of that old boyfriend who only comes around when his new girlfriend isn’t providing for him. Stop answering the phone every time that girl calls you only on payday. There are a lot of things that have expired that you’re holding on too because you think you can’t do without them but how do you honestly know if you haven’t tried to do without them? Expire means to come to an end or be no longer valid or in operation. Just like your credit card has an expiration date, so does everything you touch. Let go of those things in order to get the new things. The only way for you to receive a blessing, you have to make room for it. It’s like buying a new rug to replace that old one that expired years ago. You know the one that used to say welcome but now you can only see the w and the ome at the end? Yea, it’s time to throw it out because it has expired but the only way to put your new rug down, you have to first throw out the old one. Blessings are the same. If you constantly asking God to bless you with the means to buy new clothes yet you haven’t cleaned out and donated the old ones, where will you put them? Take charge of your life and throw out all the things that have expired because they are no longer usable. Just like those batteries you keep putting in the freezer, no baby, they have expired; throw them out and go get you some from the dollar tree. Stop holding on to things, thinking they can be revived because if it is expired, it’s no longer worth it. Try drinking milk once it’s spoiled … my point exactly!