Tuesday, December 18, 2012


"In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade. Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ. Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma redolent with life. But those on the way to destruction treat us more like the stench from a rotting corpse."
                                                                    2 Corinthians 2:14-16 (The Message)

When was the last time you took a good, deep breath?

  • I went horseback riding this past weekend and stopped to smell the air on the trail.
  • As I was playing my oboe in church, I had to be very exact in my breathing so that the music would make sense.
  • I stopped on the main floor of our home and caught a scent unfamiliar to me...I had been too busy to notice the smell of our Christmas tree.
  • And I even took a moment to take a deep breath outside in the cold as a few snowflakes began to fall.

As "oozers", we should be working to live lives pleasing to Christ.  When our words or actions cause others to experience Christ, not only are we shining the light of Christ through our being, but the fragrance of Christ lingers after our encounter is over.

Let the holiday season take over and fill you with the Spirit of Christ.  The joy that the baby in a manger brought to our world.  Enjoy the reason we celebrate the season...breathe deeply.

Today I Am Thankful For:
1.  Hugs
2.  Play therapy
3.  Ice cream on a cold day
4.  Plastic containers
5.  My iPod dock



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