BEHOLD SHE STINKETH
WHAT KIND OF AROMA AM I LEAVING WHEN I LEAVE THE ROOM?
Anyone who knows me, knows I have a sick sense of humor. And, as you can imagine, my “humor” has often gotten me into trouble. Many years ago a friend of mine and I decided to get back at her husband and one of his friends. They had “ordered” us to “not” go a local stock auction-they wanted to have a “guys” night out. We wanted to go to see the animals a maybe bid on some tack. Plus, tell us “no”, back then, was not an option. We had noticed a dead skunk on the side of the road and decided that its new home should be in their truck. After we had done our despicable deed, we nonchalantly sauntered into the auction and sat next to the guys. The guys gave us looks that shouted, “What have the two of you been up to?” They also mentioned that they smelled “skunk”. We just smiled, thinking we were soooo smart! We began noticing though, that everywhere we went people were saying, “Woe! There must be a skunk close by.” “Man! It sure stinks in here.” Both my friend and I had long hair, and we had somehow got the skunk smell all over us-especially in our hair. We ultimately had to go home because we couldn’t handle the stink; and we definitely didn’t get away with our little joke. It took us a number of tomato shampoos and several days before we could leave our little practical joke behind.
Remembering that event, I got to thinking about the “smells” I leave behind today. When I enter a room, do I bring with me the sweet smell of Jesus’ love, mercy, forgiveness and grace? Or do I bring in the foul smell of bitterness, judgmentalism, and negativity. Do I bring the refreshing aroma of faith, or the nauseating stench of doubt and fear? The choice is mine. No matter what I am going through in this life, it is my choice how I display my faith in Christ. Yes, I said FAITH.
We can say we have faith – faith that God will work everything out; but our actions always speak louder than our words. And if that is not enough, our words are always indicative of what is going on in our hearts. Lamentations 3:40 instructs us to do the following: Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD. Just like our physicians instruct us to do “self” exams to make sure there are not any negative abnormalities; the Great Physician also wants us to examine ourselves. He wants us to see if we are allowing any “spiritual” cancers to fester within us.
As my husband can certainly attest, I am still a “little stinker”. Trust me, my sense of humor is still off the wall at times; but it is my most sincere hope that when I enter or leave a room that the smell in the room is better for my being there. I can bathe, put on the most expensive colognes, but if I am harboring “rottenness” on the inside – the smell is going to leak out to those around me.
One last thought, I know that we want to be the best witnesses we can be for Christ; and are often involved in acts of service, outreaches, evangelism and so on. I love what Mother Theresa said, “Preach the gospel everyday… and every once and a while use words.” In other words, let our “life lights” shine. She also said, “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” With that being said, I don’t know about you, but I want to stink up this world until it reeks of the love of Jesus!