"Wherever we go he uses us to tell others about
the Lord and to spread the Good News like a sweet
perfume." (2 Corinthians 2:14)
For years I have had a favorite perfume, Shalimar.
It is the only perfume that I wear and I have
used it so long that my children and husband identify
it as "my scent." Once while in Paris, 1 visited
the perfume manufacturer and was told 1 must love
"vanilla," which is the main ingredient in my
perfume. I was surprised to discover that I'd
been allowing my husband to spend $65 on a bottle
of perfume, when I could have just splashed a
little vanilla behind my ears! Though somehow
1 suspect this might not do the trick. Part of
the special fragrance of this perfume is derived
from knowing just what to combine with the vanilla
and in what amounts to create a scent that is
delicately sweet and spicy, but not cloying or
That others seem to enjoy this scent, too, pleases
me. I like it when someone tells me they love
my perfume and ask what it is that I'm wearing.
I enjoy sharing the name of the perfume and having
them say, "I love that. I want to try some for
one who is comforted, joyful, and rests peacefully
in God's love, I like to think that I wear the
evidence of His blessings like a sweet perfume.
And just as the perfume manufacturer knew/just
what amount and combinations made the scent just
right, I follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit
to know just what words to say and when to say
them. I want my life and my words to leave behind
a fragrance that others can't help but notice.
1 hope they will ask what it is I'm wearing, so
I may share God's name with a lost and hurting
world. When I walk away, I pray they will say,
"I love that and want to try some for myself."
week as you mingle with those around you, pray
that you will wear the fragrance of God's love
and live out his words so beautifully that others
will want to come to know Him, too.
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