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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Not a Pretty Smell

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV)
To be honest with you, I didn't let my light shine before others this past Monday...I got really upset with a co-worker. I had received a call from the field--they needed to get a hold of a person that apparently never answered phone calls. The caller was wondering if my co-worker was on vacation, because she tried for a couple of days; didn't receive a call back, and now couldn't even leave a voice-message because the voice-mail was full.

Self-righteously, I stomped over to the person's desk to tell him that he really needed to take this phone call. Normally my tone of voice is soft, but not that morning. I didn't stop there—I complained to another co-worker about the work ethics of this particular person...I really don't know what got into me that morning. Okay, so I am over-worked, but that does not give me the right to be such a snob.
“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.” ~ 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 (ESV emphasis mine)
I was not a fragrance; but a stench! Yuck! I totally lost my focus that morning--I took my eyes off of Him, acted self-righteous. I could have been kinder to my co-worker, but still got the same result—for him to take the phone call.

No matter if I am over-worked, or I am not in a good mood, I need to let my light shine. I need Him to take over in situations that I can not handle well on my own...

Lord of Heaven and Earth. I am sorry that I sometimes don't handle stress situations well. Lord, help me to focus on You when I am in situations like that. Help my to let my light shine and be a beautiful smell to the ones around me—among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. I want to live my life to bring glory to you. In the precious name of Jesus I pray – Amen.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Lynn said...

Iris,

I always see your heart for God in your writing. I see your courage as well because you share your struggles, the good, bad and ugly.

You always remind me keep my eyes on Jesus. Thank you.

November 8, 2007 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Laurel Wreath said...

Unfortunately I could say that I sometimes act like that with my family. Isn't it true we act the worse towards those that know us best. This is a great reminder, that we are representing Christ no matter who it is.

Blessings my friend.

November 8, 2007 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Great post. As I am stressed this week and the "heat it up", may it draw out the fragrance of Christ in me in the lives of others. Thanks for the reminder.

November 8, 2007 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Thanks for that post. I know that sometimes we can say and do things that are not normal for us. The bad thing is when we do not realize it (or think that it is o.k.). The good thing is when you realized what you had done you talked with God about it. That is your light shining through!!! God Bless!

November 8, 2007 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

I think stress really pushes me over the edge sometimes. Isn't it wonderful that the Lord can restore us when we're weary? Your posts always point me back to Him. God bless your humble heart. You bless me.

November 8, 2007 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

That humble acceptance of your fault is beautiful to the Lord. I see that repentanant heart that always keeps you on track.

November 8, 2007 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Stress is something we all have a problem with. I am praying for you my friend.

November 8, 2007 at 11:43 PM  
Blogger e-Mom said...

The Lord of Heaven and Earth forgives you. He smiles on you. :~D

It sounds like work is keeping you busy. I enjoy checking in with you over here.

BTW, this may not be appropriate for your current blogging scenario, but I wanted you to know I tagged you for a meme. Thinkin' of ya!

Blessings, e-Mom

November 9, 2007 at 1:50 PM  

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