Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Breath of Life

Last night, as I was walking down to the group mailboxes located at the end of our cul de sac, I was stopped in my tracks. No, not by something I heard. And no, not by something I saw. Oddly enough, what caught my attention was something I smelled.

The day had been a long one, filled with demands, deadlines and defeat. As I made my way down the street, the events of the day played over and over in my mind like a broken record. My heart was heavy and my mind totally consumed with the stench this day had left behind. The soft, gentle breeze of the evening went unnoticed, as did the radiant beauty of the moon. Until...

As I reached my mailbox and inserted the key, my nose was met with the deliciously fragrant scent of honeysuckle. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm, it smelled SO good! I kept breathing it in, one deep breath after another. What a fragrance! What a whiff of fresh air! As I inhaled and exhaled, I felt the beauty of this aroma invade my heart. With each breath, my heart and mind released the foulness of this day, and embraced the sweetness of this moment. And, I smiled. Possibly, for the first time that day.

As the aroma of the honeysuckle enveloped me, my whole being was awakened to the beauty surrounding me. I felt the soft breeze as it gently caressed my face. I saw the splendor and majestic beauty of the moon as it spilled its light on the nearby mountains. I experienced the love of God flooding over me. The demands, deadlines and defeats of the day all fell lifeless as I was once again reminded of the love my Savior has for me.

But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. 2 Corinthians 2:14,15a NLT

Everyday, people are going through the motions of living, totally and completely void of His love and void of the beauty of life. They are merely existing, not truly living. Their hearts and minds are consumed with the cares, worries and struggles of this life. They are stumbling minute by minute, barely making it through each moment. How, they too, need the refreshing, life-giving, chain-loosening, victorious love of God! How they need to breath in the beauty of Jesus!

You and I are called to shower the world with the love of Jesus! As we seek His face and learn of His ways, He begins to permeate our life with His beauty. As we die to self, and allow His spirit to have victory over our flesh, our lives become sweetened by the aroma of Christ. It is Christ's love that attracts us. It will be His love released through us that will capture the hearts of those around us. As we offer our lives up to Christ as a living sacrifice, we will fill the air with the breathtaking, heart-capturing love of Jesus.


Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us[a] and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. Ephesians 5:1,2 NLT

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. Ephesians 5:1,2 The Message

As you go through your day, what will you bring into the life of those around you? Are you content to simply be stale air? I didn't think so, and neither am I. I want my life to be SO FILLED with the love of Christ, that everywhere I go, everything thing and everyone is stopped in their tracks by the love of God. I want to live my life so as to be a sweet-smelling aroma of God's love. I want to be a breath of fresh air....the kind that will breathe new life into "dead" souls and awaken them to new life in Christ.

"Life To the Living"

Allen Asbury

Words and music by Dave Clark, DonKoch, Allen Asbury

Verse 1:

There's a neighbor living down the street

That I haven't had the time to meet, cause I'm way too busy

There's a clerk down at the corner store

I wonder if he knows the Lord, but I'm in a hurry

There's a stranger down at Sylvan park

Strummin' on his old guitar but there's no time to listen

There's a friend I say I know him well

But some days it's really hard to tell just what he's feeling

It's easy to love from a distance

But when I take the time to make a difference


Chorus:

It's like breathing life into the living

Love can come and turn the world for the better

When we're showing Christ, to the dying

He can make a change that lasts forever

Lord teach me how to speak Your heart

Cause when I tell the world how great You are

It's like breathing life


Verse 2:

Every Sunday on the second row

Is a man with pain that doesn't show but he needs some healing

There's a man and wife with three young kids

She doesn't love him like she did but she just can't tell him

When the dying comes in little steps

From holding on to past regrets do we even see it

The preacher says God still forgives

But deep inside he wonders if we still believe it

It's easy to love from a distance

But when I take the time to make a difference


Chorus:

It's like breathing life into the living

Love can come and turn the world for the better

When we're showing Christ, to the dying

He can make a change that lasts forever

Lord teach me how to speak Your heart

Cause when I tell the world how great You are

It's like breathing life


Bridge:

When you speak of love, speak of mercy

Help to heal a wounded soul

When you speak of love, speak of mercy

Help to lead the broken home

So, speak of love, speak of mercy

Help to heal a wounded soul, lead the broken home


Chorus:

It's like breathing life into the living

Love can come and turn the world for the better

When we're showing Christ, to the dying

He can make a change that lasts forever

Lord teach me how to speak Your heart

Cause when I tell the world how great You are

It's like breathing life

2 comments:

  1. What a beautifuly written and inspiring post, Stacy! Love it!

    I love this...."It is Christ's love that attracts us. It will be His love released through us that will capture the hearts of those around us. As we offer our lives up to Christ as a living sacrifice, we will fill the air with the breathtaking, heart-capturing love of Jesus." That is so true....it is His love that captures us and that which will draw those around us to Him!!

    Thank you for inspiring me to speak God's heart today to all those I meet!

    XO

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  2. You have never lied: "Their hearts and minds are consumed with the cares, worries and struggles of this life. They are stumbling minute by minute, barely making it through each moment."

    That is not the way to live life! Seriously its such a blessing to know that Jesus came so that we can live...abundantly. Not just get by, or float through life. He came so that we can cast our cares, worries, and struggles onto Him. I needed this reminder, just from reading your first few paragraphs I was given a new angle for evangelism.

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Thank you for leaving a "heartprint" of your own.