As most of you know, Borders, the huge bookseller, is going out of business. They are currently in the process of liquidating everything in their stores, including the furniture. In our local store, the bookshelves are currently going for three for $100. So, we bought nine bookshelves to fill out the library at our church building.
With the help of a friend, I loaded these bookshelves into our minivan, where they sat overnight in the garage. The next day, I got into the car to bring them to the church building, and my minivan smelled like Borders! Apparently, the rich aroma of coffee from the coffee shop had penetrated into the bookshelves, which saturated my vehicle (even with the back hatch open). Even though these bookshelves were clear across the store from the coffee shop, they were still impacted by the savory coffee smell.
I thought of how our lives are like this. We put off a smell that affects everybody around us. We may think that we don’t impact others, because they are all the way across the store. However, an impact is always made, for the good or for the bad. You impact your spouse, your children, your neighbors and co-workers. What sort of odor do you have? Are you a pleasing aroma to those around you or a putrefying odor?
“Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14).