Sunday, November 22, 2009

What Do You Smell Like?

Don't you just love the smells on Thanksgiving Day? The aromas of delicious food warm our heart and awaken our appetites. Our sense of smell gives us pleasure when we smell something wonderful like roast turkey, candied yams, fresh dinner rolls, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, etc. on Thanksgiving Day. On the other hand, our sense of smell can bring us much displeasure when we smell something horrible like skunk's spray or rotten food or dirty socks or sweaty passengers' arm pits/body odor in a super crowded bus with closed windows on an over 100 degrees day (I have personally experienced the last one in Thailand). Now have you ever thought about what you smell like? How we live our lives sends a fragrance out that other people can smell.

"But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? Unlike so many, we do not peddle the Word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God." 2 Corinthians 2:14-17

This coming Thursday, while we enjoy the aromas of fine food, I hope we'll be reminded that we are to live as the aroma of Christ; that our lives are to draw others to our Lord, not away from Him.

"Live in such a way that those who know you but don't know God, will come to know God because they know you." Anonymous

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~Please visit here for the links to other Spiritual Sundays posts. Thanks so much to Charlotte and Ginger for hosting Spiritual Sundays every week.  Have a blessed Thanksgiving, everyone!


Debbie said...

This was a great post and a wonderful analogy. I really do want to be a sweet smelling aroma that draws others to the love of Jesus. You have made me really think about this and I thank you for posting it. Have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving, Debbie

Janet said...

Thank you for this new thought for Thanksgiving! I love the connection. Have a blessed day!

Clif said...

I have loved this Scripture for years. I am glad you posted it today with your timely and needed comments. I also love the Don Moen song, "Give Thanks."

Charlotte said...

Thank you for sharing this comparison of smells. I can almost smell the pumpkin pies right now. So much more important than the wonderful smells of Thanksgiving is how we "smell" to others in our spiritual lives.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week.

Ginger said...

Thank-you for this post today. It was well needed.
God Bless,

RCUBEs said...

It's no fun to smell a whiff of unpleasant smell as inmates fill a small waiting area when medical staff needs to treat them...But I always pray for the Lord to give us,medical staff, a servant we can be the breath of fresh air to these lost and broken souls. Great analogy. All the praises to the One Who deserves them alone! Happy Thanksgiving. God bless.

Cathy said...

Thank you for the reminder with that lovely verse.

Denise said...

Such a good post.

prashant said...

Thank you for this new thought for Thanksgiving

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