Many of us have routines. I have to laugh at mine a bit. Wait, I have to put on my glasses to be able to see to complete the routine. LOL
I take my anti-fungal for my Valley Fever, put on my compression socks, put on my posture brace, put my rice scarf on my neck, put on my inside Chaco’s, take my supplements for my Fibromyalgia, and allergy medicine.
These old “earthsuits” do wear out. I am proof of that. But, I am grateful that I still have this earth suit too!
But, today did I put on the armor?
The belt of truth?
The breastplate of righteousness?
My feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace?
The shield of faith?
The helmet of salvation?
The sword of the Spirit?
The truth of the matter is this:
It is the only way I can be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power!
I like candles. There are a couple that I buy each and every season. There are certain perfumes I love, and some not so much. There are sprays to eliminate foul odors in shoes, cars and carpets
Don’t you love walking through gardens smelling the delightful fragrances floating in the air? Right now honeysuckle is aloft and hits your senses with power when stepping out the door. I love peonies and saw a perfume in a magazine today of that very smell!
How about walking into your grandmother’s kitchen and smelling fresh apple pie? And who can forget freshly baked bread? And garlic….it smells great on breadsticks, well anything really.
Have you imagined a scent right now? Scents even have the ability to bring forth memories. Scents have amazing influence and impacts on our lives.
A sweet smelling fragrance has an even more permanent impact
A fragrance in this passage is something sweet-smelling, an odor of acquiescence, satisfaction; a sweet odor.
We are a fragrance….Christ through us! I don’t know about you, but sometimes I think I stink. But in Christ, nope…I am a peonie!
God gives each on of us gifts, callings, longings, desires. Everyone is different and each person is used in the body of Christ to bring Him glory if we surrender.
Some people might question encouragement as a calling.
Look around dear ones. Turn on any newscast, open any social media app and what do you see most of the time? Negativity.
Look at individual’s lives. People are ill, loved ones have past on. Families are dealing with divorces, drug addictions, alcohalism.
Some of the decisions that have been made in my state and country defy my realm of thinking.
But “nothing is new under the sun.” That is not a statement of apathy. Humans have always been humans. Do we still keep trying? Yes of course….but…..
I am reminded that as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ I have no need for despair.
I have the opportunity to encourage people about God’s love.
I have the opportunity to tell people about our hope in Christ.
I have the opportunity to share God’s love with people who may never have experienced God’s unconditional love.
I have the opportunity to encourage people in the midst of their crazy lives and let them know that they are not alone.
I have the opportunity to literally help others tangibly.
I have the opportunity to express the peace, joy and rest that only is through Jesus Christ.
I have been moaning at all the things that I have been hearing. Sometimes it seems so very hopeless.
But friends, when we encourage others, we help them know that they are not alone. We help them remember that we are not to judge God’s love by the circumstances that swirl around us. We can show others respect, love, kindness….characteristics that seem to be missing in discussions of differences today.