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The Stinky Sour Sippy

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Gwen Smith

July 3, 2014

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A few summers ago, I flew to Nashville to record vocals for a CD project. My friend, Kerri, and I had spent the last day of my trip in a studio, recording background vocals.  When we were finished, I had to high tail it to the airport in order to catch my flight home.

Kerri enthusiastically offered to take me to the airport. I was excited because I’m all about spending time with my girlfriends and catching up on life.  As we made our way out to the car, Kerri apologetically mentioned that her young daughter had dropped a milk sippy in her car the day before, and that she hadn’t been able to locate it.

“I would love to take you to the airport, Gwen,” she said, “but there’s just no telling what my car is going to smell like!”

“No problem,” I said.  “I’m a mom!  I’ve dealt with many-a-missing milk sippy in my day.  How bad can it be?”

Sippy Cups

Did I mention that it was one of those “you can fry an egg on the sidewalk,” dog days of August?  Yep.  It was! You know where this is going, don’t you?

As we opened the car doors, Kerri and I were smacked silly with the stinky smell of sour milk.  Not just a subtle smell, mind you – but a dominant, “been sitting in the 100 degree weather all day” smell.  It reeked something fierce!  We laughed until we almost cried at how horrible it smelled as we made our way down the expressway to the airport.

Sounds kind of funny, but let’s be real: smells matter.  Some smells, like a stinky sour milk sippy, are offensive.  They make you want to run and hide.  While other smells, like fresh baked bread, or a lotioned-up baby, are awesome and inviting.

How do you smell today?

We need to remember that our attitudes and conversations give off a smell. The apostle Paul said, But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life (2 Corinthians 2:14-16a, emphasis mine).

Does your attitude give off an aroma of Christ?  Are those around you drawn to Him as a result of the love and peace you display? Do your conversations consistently honor God, embody the fruit of the Spirit, and expel the fragrance of life…or are they sometimes laced with bitterness, resentment, anger, complaining, and gossip?

Imagine what message it will send to our loved ones, our neighbors, our co-workers, and our communities when we intentionally locate and throw away our stinky, sour sippy attitudes, and seek God for renewal of our minds and actions. Let’s smell good today, friend! Let’s run the race before us as women of honor who, through the power of the Holy Spirit, give off an aroma of Christ.

Holy Father, please forgive me for all of the times I’ve allowed sinful behavior to creep into my thoughts and conversations.  I ask that you will now, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24, NIV) In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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SUMMARY: I have a BIBLE CHALLENGE for you: for the next 6 days I’m reading through the book of GALATIANS. Will you join me? If so, leave a comment below saying, “I’m in for the Galatians Challenge!”

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Gwen Smith

I am an unashamed, imperfect worshiper of Jesus Christ. I cling to His goodness to cover my mess and purpose my days to live out the hope of the Gospel. It is my joy and passion to inspire women to live fully in grace and truth. I write books, devotions and songs. I speak. I sing. I worship. I post, pin and tweet. I am intensely in love with the Word of God and believe, wholeheartedly, that the Bible is divinely inspired truth.

 

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