Something smelled horrible as I started the treadmill at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center. Sweat times a thousand! Was it coming from the carpet? From the men dripping beside me? I could hardly stand it!
People grimaced as they walked by. What was it? One staff member hovered nearby, sniffing. What? Had someone reported it? Alert! Bad smell in the back corner! Check it out!
My imagination went faster than my running shoes ~ until the truth hit me with a gasp. No!! It couldn’t be!
Ever so inconspicuously, I dropped my nose to my sleeve and inhaled. Then coughed. It was me!!!
To further confirm it, I poked my nose around various parts of my shirt like a curious dog. The odor worsened with each sniff! I’d never smelled such horrible B.O.! Either my shirt got crammed in an overstuffed washing machine or orphaned before making it to the drier!
I broke into a sweat at the realization, and scolded myself because sweating would only make it worse ~ if that was possible! There was only one solution: cut short my workout time and hit those showers like a fuming cannon!
That’s when the Holy Spirit, my comforter and friend, slipped this reminder into my spirit:
It’s easy to smell everybody else’s stink and overlook your own. I’m your life’s fragrance. No matter how much you stink, I continually shower you with love and grace, making all things new.
Wow. Thanks, Holy Spirit. I needed that. We stink, but Jesus covers us clean as a whistle. Isn’t this the foundation of our faith, the truth God uses to draw us to Jesus in the first place?
My stink incident reminds me of my assignment at my agency’s writing blog. They want to know what’s on our wish list or prayer list as writers.
What do I want? What do I need for my life and ministry? I need to hear the voice of God more clearly. Hearing Him is my life-tool, a true ministry necessity. And since the Holy Spirit is free for the asking, so is hearing God’s voice!
[box] My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me. John 10:27-28[/box]
If we’re in a relationship with Christ, we can say:
[box] “Holy Spirit, fill me afresh. Give me wisdom and direction. Help me hear your voice so I can be more effective ~ more positively fragrant for you. Amen!!”[/box]
It’s your turn. What’s on YOUR wish list/prayer list that could help you to fulfill your God-dreams?
Did this post quicken any questions, quirky or otherwise? Feel free to ask, and I’ll try to answer the best I can. With the Holy Spirit’s help, of course. Thanks!
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