Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. –Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)
Over the past few years, I have developed some sort of skin allergy. According to my dermatologist, my skin has decided it doesn’t like one or more of the ingredients in the skin and hair care products I’ve been using. I go back for more testing in a few weeks to try to determine which ingredients are the culprits, but, until then, I am only allowed to choose from a small list of products, all of which are fragrance-free.
This bums me out. I LOVE my smelly shampoos and body washes. I like smelling like clean linen, island coconut or country apples when I come out of the shower. Using these new, ultra-gentle products, I step out of the shower smelling, well, wet. Eau de H2O. Other than the fact that I don’t stink, there’s no evidence that I even took a shower.
Just like my old soaps and shampoos left a sweet scent behind, I’d like my spirit to do the same thing. I realize that I will have an effect on each person I come in contact with, good, bad or neutral. I suppose I could safely aim for neutral…just trying to get through life not hurting anyone. But, there’s nothing really special or remarkable about living that way, is there? However, imagine how sweet my world would be if I aimed to leave a positive mark on everyone in it, to leave something good behind with every interaction?
Will I fall short? Absolutely. But, in doing as Ephesians 5 suggests by “walking in the way of love”, I become a fragrant offering to others and to the Lord.
I have been working at WBFJ since September 2004 when God threw me out of the boat I was riding in and set me on a new and wonderful course. I love co-hosting the morning show, although the lack of sleep does make me a bit loopy at times.
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