What’s Your ‘Lingering Aroma’?

13 Jul

Like a good BLT (Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato) sandwich? A humorist from the South, Barbara Madden, offered this recipe for “BLT Hair Conditioner.” It might just work!

“Completely coat your hair with cooled bacon grease, wrap coated hair in a towel and allow to sit for 8-10 minutes,” Madden said. “Wash hair with BLTlettuce and tomato based shampoo available at Bubba and Cooter’s Health Food Stores everywhere.

“Before drying hair dab a small amount of Miracle Whip in your hand as a styling agent and gently run fingers through your hair, keeping in mind a little goes along way. Then dry hair with a blow dryer set on low and while standing over your toaster as it toasts at least four pieces of Wonder Bread.”

Why? “This will allow the aroma of toasted bread to permeate the hair follicles.”

Madden concludes with this: “Style as usual. You will benefit from the aroma of BLT’s for days to come!”

LOL! That’s quite an ordeal to enjoy the lingering aroma of a BLT.

I think we all have a lingering aroma.

GreenPerfumeBottle2Maybe yours is a delicate perfume – or one with a stronger note. Maybe you’re allergic to perfumes, but even your deodorant or hairspray likely has a scent. Perhaps you leave behind the strong sweat of a laborer. Or the colicky smell of a fussy baby. Or the scent of a freshly dry-cleaned suit. Or … you get the idea. We all have some memorable scents.

Did you know Christians are to leave behind a distinct aroma?

2 Corinthians 2:15 (ESV) says, “For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”

Other versions describe this as a “Christ-like fragrance rising up to God” … the “pleasing aroma of Christ” … and the “sweet fragrance of Christ.”

The Living Bible says it this way (verses 2:14-15):

“Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation….”

The Bible connects the fragrance to sacrifices.

God accepted His chosen people as “fragrant incense” among the nations (Ezekiel 20:41); and just as the Old Testament believers offered up sacrifices that were a “pleasing aroma to the Lord” (Numbers 15:3), the aroma that we manifest to others is ours because of the loving sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf (Ephesians 5:2).

This aroma spreads to others. Paul said when God’s children offer up “gifts” in ministry, they are like “fragrant offerings” – acceptable sacrifices that please God (Philippians 4:18).

This waft of perfume others sense in your life (if you are a Christ-follower) is none other than Jesus Himself, living in you.

Do you want the dying world to know and savor the living Savior? Consider this … if others do not savor Him, perhaps it is because some “smells of self-life” overpower His sweet aroma.

It’s important to ask this question: What is my ‘lingering aroma”?

– Dawn

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