Do you want a full life or a fulfilled life?


Ugh, my storage is always full. I need a bigger plan.

Maximizing an hour of down time, I sat in the vacant seat facing the tarmac. My mission –




Pictures monopolized most of my storage, so I started in photos. The agony of indecision spun me round and round. Should I delete this one? Did I print this picture? Was it shared on Facebook or Instagram? Four pictures of the same people in the same pose; which is best? This one is fuzzy, now her eyes are closed, not sure I can tell the difference between these….


I deleted the sun the dropping between the mountains and dipping into the lake. How many sunset pictures have I taken from my porch? Goodness, I see it nearly every day but when the clouds layer like pie crust, the impulse to preserve the technicolor reflection is irresistible. Seriously though, who needs 358 pictures of sunsets?

Next time I’ll drink in the awe and beauty of God’s creation

Instead of cramming more into my storage, I’ll worship the One who created it all

Romans 1:20, “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” NLT


My photography skills are lacking but the lenses of my own eyes have captured waterfalls, wilderness and wildlife. I would show you, but I can never capture the true majesty of it all. So I deleted the pictures without people. My ineptitude at photography is irrelevant, but my relationships with people matter.

I want to preserve the memories of experiencing life together

Romans 12:10, “Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another showing honor.” HCSB


The atmosphere was electric as “The Fastest Man in the World” situated his feet into the starting blocks. My video of blurry arms and legs lasted only a few seconds. It sat for three years taking up storage space on my phone. I never replayed it, but I vividly remember sitting on the metal bleachers shoulder-to-shoulder with my son wearing his Razorback track jersey. My receptionist and nurse probably won’t forget hustling and juggling my schedule so I could rush 115 miles up the interstate and never miss a meet.

Being there for family is more important than any world record

1 Corinthians 9:25, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” NIV


Even on his last leg, Sammy Joe managed to leave trash strewn in the driveway. Before I said my last good-bye, I took his picture lying on the doormat. I kept that one. Not everyone who vanished from my life said goodbye. Though the sparkling eyes and bright smile are preserved in a scrapbook, I paused before deleting the images which represent a significant investment of my time, heart and soul.

Maybe someday it will pay off…

Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” KJV


After all that work, I only deleted a few megabytes. I moved on to messages. (Stay tuned for more next week. If you don’t get my posts by email, enter your address for the rest of the story “How to Make a Friend.”)


What takes up valuable space in your life? Is your mind cluttered with bitterness and unforgiveness? Does self-pity or busyness  crowd out blessings? Delete the heap of junk you’ve collected and fill your treasure chest of memories with abundant life.

Maybe it’s time to delete what fills your life so you can live a fulfilled life

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John 10:10, “A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” MSG

How many pictures of sunsets do you have stored on your phone? Be honest.

7 thoughts on “Do you want a full life or a fulfilled life?

  1. This is me, captured perfectly! Talk about running out of storage on my phone. Ha!

    I saved this one photo of myself that I didn’t mean to take. I had just surprised a man in traffic and took a selfie with him, then ran back to my car. Apparently I took a photo of myself while I was laughing and running. I love the look of whimsical joy on my face, and saved the photo on my phone to remind me I’m beautiful when I’m giddy.

  2. Oh, Vickie, I am so with you on trying to delete pictures from my phone. I have 6 video disc beside me right now full of cell phone pictures, with a 30 pack I just bought to download more pictures. I hook my phone to computer to copy and paste to the disc, then the disc go into the gun safe. Will they ever be looked at again? I don’t know, but probably not. They are just too hard to delete, but once I have them on disc, I can delete hold sections at one time. I love the scriptures you insert with your thoughts! I don’t know how you keep coming up with your ideas, but thank you for sharing!

    By the way, Karen bought me a Gopro camera for my birthday and I didn’t have enough memory in my cell phone to download the app to help run the camera. That’s so I can take more pictures of action shots!! Crazy, I know!

  3. What an inspiration you are! I’m sure you do not realize how many people you really touch. I enjoy your articles so much,they truly touch my heart.

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