Today I picked up stones and roots while my friend ran the rototiller to prepare for her garden. Later, I noticed that I had an aroma about me. It’s not what you think! But, I bet you know exactly the aroma I’m referring to if you’ve ever pushed a power lawn mower around your yard.
Have you ever thought about your aroma?
Did you just tilt your nose down and take a whiff of your shirt? I’m not talking about your perfume, toilet water, or cologne. I’m not talking about whether you used deodorant after your shower, though that is probably a good idea. [wink]
There’s another kind of scent that I have in mind.
We have a spiritual fragrance. It’s the essence of who we are.
You might know someone who has a wonderful essence. So lovely that you wish that you could wear that same fragrance.
You also might know someone who has a less than wonderful essence. You probably find yourself avoiding that one.
Recently my husband began working in an office with about thirty people in close proximity. As he recounts his day he sometimes shares things he has observed about a few of his co-workers and his brief interactions with them. He might mention something about someone’s appearance, their vocabulary, their behavior, or even their character. Whether they realize it or not, these co-workers are all giving off an aroma. Some sweet. Others a pungent odor. As I listen, I think that some may be fragrance-free.
Have you ever thought about your aroma?
Have you ever thought about your choices and how they might impact your scent?
If I get to choose my scent, and I do, I want to choose to be the fragrance of Christ. I want to be a joy splashing, life-giving, encouraging scent.
His sweet fragrance doesn’t permeate us on those days when we hop out of bed and jump into life without taking time to be quiet, read God’s word, and pray. When we are all about our own business or ourselves, we diminish HIS scent.
Here’s something we can also do to give off a pleasing aroma…
Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth.
Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.
Philippians 4:8 (The Voice)
Remember the people I suggested might be fragrance free? Some people give hints by things they do or say that suggest they may have chosen to follow Christ at one time, but aren’t allowing Him to influence their lives today. They no longer have that exquisite fragrance of a follower. Their fragrance has been diminished. They aren’t able to give hope or much of anything else. They’re fragrance free.
Have you ever looked at a gorgeous rose, stooped down to breathe in its aroma, and pulled away disappointed by its lack of fragrance? Roses are supposed to give off a heady aroma, as are lilacs or lily of the valley, which are blooming right now. We look forward to their scents each spring. They refresh us with their beauty and their aroma.
What if we started our days by splashing on eau de love, or joy, or peace, or patience, or kindness, or goodness, or faithfulness, or gentleness, or self-control? (The Fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22-23) Would people look forward to having us pass by their office, their desk, their check-out lane?
Do you smell like the two-stroke engine of the rototiller or apple blossoms? Neither scent may be apparent as you walk past. But, if you stop to chat with me, you will probably get a whiff.
What scent are you wearing?
Our fragrance…who knew it was a daily choice. Sometimes even a minute by minute decision.
What do you need to do each day to wear a delightful aroma?
Today is Joy Day!
Want to smell sweet and have others notice your lovely fragrance? Want joy?
Giving thanks is one of best ways I know to put on a sweet scent and get joy.
Join me in looking back over the past week and counting ‘seven’ –
both the good and the not-so-good.
Thank you God for…
- the hope I have in You.
- a friend who went the extra mile to bless me.
- mosquitoes. Okay…that was hard to write.
- those who offer grace.
- those who do not offer grace. Also hard to write.
- warm sunshine and refreshing breezes.
- my husband and the joy of doing things together.
Now it’s YOUR turn!!
Join me in counting ‘seven.’
Scroll down to the comment section…Share Your Extraordinary Thoughts….and list your ‘seven.’
I dare you!
Want even more joy? Take the Joy Dare here.
Thank you for stopping by today.
I appreciate you and your sweet comments make my day.
P.S. Wondering about the flower in the photos? They are May Apples. I almost have to lie on the ground to get their pictures. Such sweet blossoms hidden from the larger world to see.
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