A couple of months ago, my precious friend, Michele Pillar, made me a sandwich with grilled bread. Oh my! That was like putting crack cocaine in front of an addict. I came home and starting grilling (not toasting) my bread.
Then I started adding Italian seasoning to the olive oil before I started grilling the bread…okay so maybe frying is the more appropriate term…but I digress. The problem with grilling/frying bread with seasoning in the pan is that the seasoning starts to burn before the bread is done.
I’m not a fan of smelling the lingering odor in my house after cooking and eating. So, I grabbed the nearby can of Airwick Air Freshener.
I started spraying through the kitchen area. I realized in addition to four features listed on the can, the overarching feature and benefit is that it changes the atmosphere of the room.
In the same way, we can change the atmosphere of a situation in our own lives.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 NKJV
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 NIV
WOW! The power of our words can act as air freshener in our homes, our jobs, our families, and our communities. Simply by choosing to speak words of life and love, we leave behind a fragrance that changes the atmosphere for the better.
The United States, and the world, needs people who will speak words that can change the atmosphere of hate, racism, basically polarization on many levels to something that unifies instead of divides.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.” Proverbs 31:8 NIV
“A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 NIV
“The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4 NIV
There’s an insect called a “Stink Bug” and it’s appropriately named because it leaves behind an unpleasant odor. We all know people who are like that. But, Jesus Christ is known as the Rose of Sharon. Can you imagine the wonderful fragrance His presence leaves behind?
I noticed this on the can, “Propelled by 100% filtered air”. I think we all can benefit from being propelled by words that have been 100% filtered by God’s Word.
As followers of Christ, we have that fragrance within us. Let’s share it when we speak every day, in every situation, and with everyone we meet. Let’s speak life and love. Let’s change our atmosphere with a sweet-smelling fragrance and see what happens!
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Karen has worked with thousands of Christian communicators and event planners across the country as the owner and booking agent of Christian Speakers Services – a speaker bureau with a ministry heart. Since 1994, she has been providing technology support, promotional services, and training to speakers, authors, entrepreneurs, ministry leaders, and business owners through KarenPower.com.
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