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.
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.
When my husband worked in an office with about thirty people in close proximity, he would often share observations about 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 were all giving off an aroma. Some sweet. Others a pungent odor.
Have you ever thought about your fragrance?
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 be wearing the delightful fragrance of Christ. I want to be a joy splashing, life-giving, encouraging aroma.
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 fragrance…
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.
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, or their check-out lane?
What’s your fragrance? Do you smell like the stinky truck that just drove past or apple blossoms? Neither scent may be immediately apparent. But, if someone gets to spend a little bit of time around you… they’ll get a whiff of your aroma.
What scent are you wearing?
Our fragrance…who knew it was a daily (maybe even minute by minute) choice?
What do you need to do each day to so people will stop and ask the name of that delightful fragrance you’re wearing?
Want to smell sweet and have others notice your lovely fragrance? Want joy?
Giving thanks is a great way 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…
- a fun day “bumming” with my husband
- the heady aroma of crab apple blossoms
- your wonderful provision of a wardrobe allowance
- piles of pink blossoms filling the sidewalk
- hearing the bullfrog while lying in bed at night
- giving me fresh insights of your amazing love for me
- getting to celebrate two special dancers today
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!
Thank you for stopping by and taking time to leave your sweet thoughts.
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