What fragrance do you bring with you when you enter a room?
What we focus on permeates us. Sending out a message, whether we are aware of it or not, to those we encounter.
Complain a lot?
Negativity falling off your tongue more than anything else?
Does a smile rarely have an opportunity to turn your frown upside down?
Sourpuss, you leave a sour taste behind that people would rather avoid, even if they care for you.
There are steps you can take to help you change this state of heart:
1. Leave what you are carrying at the foot of the cross. Give it to Jesus, and leave it in His capable loving hands.
Stop taking it back. Your worry and anxiety takes your sourness to a new depth of despair. Refuse to pick it back up. When it tries to lure you back, re-invite Jesus to bring it back to the cross.
2. Practice an attitude of gratitude. Everyone has something to be thankful for each day (besides still being alive). Jot them down each night before going to bed. Keep a running list on your computer or phone. Keep being thankful. This will help lift your spirit a bit more each day.
3. Thank God for the cross, your blessings & His love. Giving thanks to the One who gives us His all every day will remind you how big He is, and how He is rooting for you, no matter what you are facing.
4. Spend some time getting to know Him better by reading the Word, worshipping and listening for His small sweet voice. The more you hang out with God, and spend time in His presence, the more His love, grace, mercy, goodness, holiness, kindness, peace, joy, compassion, forgiveness will cling to you, and you will become:
Salty instead of sour.
I would say sweet, but for two reasons. Sugar is highly overused in comparison to sour things (writer’s opinion) Salt was used in older days to help keep meat from spoiling, or souring as it were. Salt was also a precious commodity, not as commonly used as it is today.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt… Colossians 4:6a
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored…Matthew 5:13
We are to be as salt, adding a good flavour to those around us…well prepared and seasoned.
In a day when people like to always be told the sweet things, more than ever we need to hear wise words, seasoned with the salt of the Spirit…speaking the words He has for us to help draw others closer to God.
Its time to pass on the sour grapes, and start sprinkling some salt.
Salt adds a zest to what it is added to.
Let’s become the people who when we walk into a room, people look forward to:
Seeing us confident in our faith, and who we are in Christ.
Using our gifts well.
Our genuine listening skills, and caring compassion for those we encounter.
A willingness to lend a hand, generously, without complaint.
A fresh tang in their day.
As when Jesus stepped into an area or a room, may those around us catch a glimpse of the God we carry, and begin to crave His presence too.
Salty things can help us realize we are thirsty…