Leaving Your Scent Behind

I’ve recently been advised by my Physio to do some exercises in the pool. After breaking my ankle a couple of months ago, I’m still working at getting some strength and flexibility into the joint.

I’ve always been a confident swimmer and spent most of my summers growing up at the local swimming pool. But I’ve only done one therapy session in the pool so far and already I stink of chlorine!

I’ll take a long shower, use my smelliest of soaps, wash my hair three times and still I’ll smell of an indoor pool. It’s like it seeps into my pores and just gradually releases that chlorine aroma. Just as I’m getting it all out of my system it will be time for me to head back into the pool!

I don’t find it a pleasant smell and it’s not one I like emitting. I’m really conscious of other people smelling the chlorine coming off my body.

While I’d rather smell of roses, it has made me realise that I’m putting a lot of energy into how people literally smell me. What I should be focusing on is the other aromas I put out into the world – aromas of love, grace, gratitude and service or on the other hand it might be aromas of judgment, disapproval, selfishness and greed.

I think we all leave a scent behind us. The way we interact with people leaves a particular aroma and it can either be pleasant, forgettable or bitter.

Jesus left a pleasant scent behind Him wherever He went. People were drawn to Him because of the aroma He emitted when He loved the unlovable and He forgave the unforgivable. Our challenge is to do likewise.

Lord, Your loving aroma was so powerful we are still smelling it 2000 years later. May we pick up Your scent and replicate it over and over. Amen.

What kind of scent are you leaving behind?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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