That Sweet Aroma

That Sweet Aroma

One of my favorite things to come home to is the sweet smell of a delicious meal or dessert that Ann has made. A personal weakness of mine is the smell of chocolate chip cookies. I could eat those all day long if I was allowed to and didn’t have to suffer the consequences of that decision. Someone shared a quote recently that I have always liked which says, “Your attitude is like the aroma of your heart, if your attitude stinks, it means your heart’s not right.” If you recognize it you remember it being said by Grant Taylor in Facing the Giants.

I think Grant Taylor’s quote is something that can serve as a reminder to us all. Our hearts are very important. So important that the Bible mentions the heart multiple times throughout scripture. Let’s look at a few…

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23

“My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways.” – Proverbs 23:26

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” – Matthew 5:8

These are just a few of the many passages that look at our hearts. Our hearts tell the world about who we are. It tells them what we really believe in, it tells them what we want to do. Our heart holds our deepest desires. But when our hearts aren’t right we also aren’t right. I would even dare say that our actions wouldn’t be right either.

Where are you in your life right now? Do you have a poor attitude towards people, your job, your house, your family, God, or the church? Is your heart truly desiring to be closer to God? One thing I encourage you to do this week is to examine your heart. What is it really saying right now?

I love the smell of those chocolate chip cookies but what smells even better than that is the aroma of a heart who is in the right place. A heart who is truly seeking God and His ways. A heart who is ready and willing to serve God and His people. One who’s attitude smells sweet. What is your aroma today? We would be concerned if one of our football players came home from practice without showering but smelt really good. We would question if their heart was in practice or if they tried at all. We should question ourselves if our attitude stinks and reveals that our hearts aren’t right. So what do you smell like today? Is your aroma sweet like a chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven? Or are you smelling more like a wet dog that just played in the mud. We can all take steps to bring our hearts closer to God and to protect it from the world. This week spend time in God’s word and take the time to speak to the Lord. Devoting our hearts and minds to the Lord are the best ways to keep it away from the grasp of the world. What can you do to give your heart to the Lord this week and as we walk into the future?

-Mark