Apr 14 2017

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5 Great things about having empty in your life

5 great things about having empty in your life

5 Great things about having empty in your life

The Five Minute Friday word for today is empty. Empty was not an empty word for me. Instead it inspired me into so many directions—take a look at #5.


I often think of empty as a bad thing, but here are five ways empty is good:

1. Empty motivates. Nothing like an empty stomach to make a person work.

2. Empty page. Yes, it calls some into fear, but the possibility is there. Freedom to create. For some, an empty pot causes fear. For others, it’s freedom to make something wonderful.

3. A rest in music. This is silence in music—when no music is being played. But the rest is just as important as the sound. Remove all the rests, and it’s not the same music.

4. Empty time in a schedule. This doesn’t have to be replaced with busyness. God called us to have regular empty times. For our good.

5. Empty wallet. This sounds terrible, but it tells us (or should tell us) to stop. It’s a boundary, and that’s a good thing. If nothing is left, it’s time to stop.

If we never met empty, we’d be unmotivated, uninspired, in need of rest, and have too much stuff to keep up with. I’m feeling better about empty. How about you?


The difference between an empty life and having empty in your life

I’m not advocating an empty life. Instead, having empty can enhance your life. Time to breathe takes an empty spot in the day. If you’re past enough, you might need to add empty to your life.

Out of all the good things about empty, which kind of empty do you need to embrace this week?

For me, I’ve been enjoying a change in schedule but finding it hard to enjoy the more-empty schedule. Rest comes harder for me. That FOMO (fear of missing out) is a monster in my pocket. Wrangling him down and hushing his voice challenges me.

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  1. Esther Wright

    Your post reminded me of the importance of decluttering my physical space as well as my mind, soul, and spirit. Thank you. Visiting from FMF. Have a joyous Easter weekend.

    1. Cheryl

      Decluttering in all areas of life. Yes. Every time I’ve decluttered, I’ve benefitted. Instead of the loss of having less, the greater space expanded my ability to enjoy what I had. Thanks for stopping by.

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