These words were going through my mind this morning. What does it mean to be a sweet fragrance to those around us? It implies that we are bringing something wonderful to them right when they need it. In order to do this we must have a sensitivity to their condition and their needs. God gives us that. We may be talking with someone when He gives us insight into their struggles and helps us see what they need right at that moment. We can either ignore that still small voice and think about our own agenda or we can take the opportunity to become the sweet fragrance that will linger long after we are gone.
Words and hugs and listening ears are part of the process. Words of encouragement and hugs that say more than words at times. We have these at our disposal if we decide to use them. Sometimes just the ability to listen..we all need to be heard.. makes all the difference. Wouldn’t life be different if we were all focused on being that sweet fragrance? What if we wanted every interaction to end with other people remembering us as gracious..willing to be wrong..humble and teachable. Wow. That is something to work toward in our life with God.
The aroma surrounds us will rub off on others. It’s like inhaling the amazing smell of a fragrant rose or a gardenia. We walk away with that dreamy feeling of that sweet sweet smell with our spirits lifted and our hearts quieted.
” Now He uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God.”