I spend a lot of time talking about Titus, because honestly, a 2-year old is a lot more interesting than an infant (at times). However, if you have checked out my “About” page you will see that we have a baby girl; Addison, who will be 11 months this week. Like her brother she is incredibly awesome and she makes my heart jump.
So, this entry will be short and sweet- hey, that is exactly how I would describe Addison… short and sweet! Okay, how many of you can recall the sweet scent of new baby smell? You know that fresh, powdery scent that comes from a newborn baby? I have a friend who says she loves smelling baby’s necks because they smell so sweet and this is totally true! Like my friend, I love smelling newborn babies and I even love smelling their little clothes. Sadly, although Addison still smells good, she has lost that fresh, newborn smell (but please do not think I don’t bathe her because I use Shea Moisture and I promise she still smells delightful)! LOL… Every day that Addison is on Earth, she loses her fresh scent that naturally came when she was born.
Now, another captivating scent I absolutely love… is the scent of my man; my adoring husband! He is now deployed. I remember coming home and laying down in the bed about an hour after he left for his deployment and guess what? I could smell him! His cologne was still on his pillow. Since that day, the linger of his scent faded and the sheets have been washed. So long for that…
For those of us who profess to be Christians, what do we smell like? Has the sweet fragrance of Christ faded like Addison’s newborn baby scent? Can our fragrance be washed away like the pillowcase my husband laid on? What type of lasting fragrance do we leave at our jobs, in the grocery store or in our neighborhoods? What type of scent comes from what we even post on Facebook or other forms of social media? Do people smell our “body stench” (hypothetically speaking) or do they smell the sweet fragrance of Christ? If they smell Christ, it’s a lasting fragrance they won’t forget.
I have days where my “body stench” is so foul that it’s embarrassing. How does my stench surface? I have days where I fuss at traffic, lose patience with my children and think horrible thoughts about people. Beyond these actions, there are days when I spend more time on Facebook and neglect time with the Lord. There are days my Bible pages are crisp because I haven’t opened the Word. There are days when I don’t open my mouth to share how awesome God is with a single soul I encounter. I STINK on those days! By the way, please let me know when I stink; as Christians we need to be called out!
May we all be aware of how we smell and may we leave an unforgettable sweet scent wherever we go.
“For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing” 2 Corinthians 2:15