smells

Have you ever noticed that some people have a personality that attracts others, while other people repel those around them?

When we speak, when we are silent, when we act or when we do not, we are leaving a fragrance behind.  Sometimes it smells sweet, fresh, and enticing, other times it can smell like a high school boys’ locker room- dank and even putrid.

As believers we are to be an attractive fragrance for the lost and for the found.  Encouraging people by our actions and our words to turn to God, keep walking with Him and learn more about Him.

When we allow our foul attitudes to come out and be spread around it pushes others away from God instead.

We, and I especially, are in danger of leaving a smell behind that is not worth breathing.  I am to be the hands and feet of Christ, I do not want anyone to miss out on the Amazing Grace of God because of my actions (or inaction) toward others.

I have posted this poem before, but I believe it bears repeating– for me and maybe for you.

Christ Has No Body

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)

For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 2:15

 
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About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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