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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Feb. 19, 2010 - Aroma

By Kristen Feola

You’ve probably heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Here’s one, though, that may be new to you: “You smell like what you eat.”

Garlic is one of my favorite herbs to use when cooking because it adds a unique, distinctive zip to any dish. Just think of what pesto would be like without garlic. Bland and boring. Spaghetti sauce? I can’t imagine it without a clove or two. Garlic not only tastes good, but it’s also a natural antibiotic and extremely beneficial to the body. Regular intake of garlic may be effective in lowering cholesterol levels, fighting the common cold and reducing the risk of certain cancers. It can also be used as a mosquito repellant!

However, too much garlic can cause mild stomach distress, such as indigestion and bloating. The worst side effects, though, are what others around you are forced to endure — your bad breath and foul body odor. The sulfuric compounds of garlic contribute to its sharp taste and strong smell, which remain in your system and hang around with you for days after eating it. On a positive note, some foods actually help to decrease natural body odors, leaving us with a more pleasant scent: cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, fresh produce and fresh, pure citrus juices.

As believers in Jesus, we carry a fragrance with us wherever we go, and it’s up to us whether that fragrance is pleasant or repulsive. Just as some foods cause us to smell a particular way, our thoughts also set the course for our behavior. If we allow ourselves to feed on lies, negative attitudes come out. When we’re rude, unloving and unkind, we “smell.” The more we are filled with self — my thoughts, my plans, my, me, I — the stronger the odor, and the more we stink. People are nauseated by our presence. All they want to do is escape. Our aroma drives them away.

When we submit to the Lord, however, and feed on the truth of His Word, we have a sweet-smelling aroma. His love flows through us to others. Joy and peace are evident on our faces. We’re filled with compassion and humility. People are encouraged, lifted up and strengthened by spending time with us.

“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” (2 Corinthians 2:14,15, The Message).

When people take a whiff of you, do they breathe in something pleasant, exquisite and life-giving? Remember, we are the aroma of Christ. People need to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8, NIV) when they inhale deeply and breathe in the exquisite fragrance of the Lord’s unconditional love emanating from us.

— Kristen Feola is a freelance writer and attends James River Assembly in Ozark, Mo.

 

 

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