“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” – I Timothy 4:12
Do not let anybody put you down or discourage you because you are young in years or new in your faith. Allow your actions (your words, your demeanor, your love, your faith and your integrity) to speak on your behalf as His ambassador.
Our lives, no matter what our age, are meant to bear the sweet scent of Christ. “for we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are saved and those who are perishing.” – 2 Corinthians 2:15
If we are walking upright before Him, trusting and dependent on God; our scent is sweet and draws others unto Christ. However, if our words and our deeds do not align with what He asks of us, we are a stench that repels those in need of our Redeemer.
Every single person on this planet has the potential to provide the promises of God to others, regardless of age, if we choose to seek Him and walk in His way.
Some of the sweetest reminders of the goodness of God in my life, have come from kids. One of my favorite stories that my mom loves to tell from my early childhood, is just such an example.
We were at the grocery store at the checkout counter and some woman came up to me and asked me where I got my pretty red hair. In my innocent and unashamed youth, I responded, “from God!”. No hesitation, and complete confidence that the truth stood on its own. Mom says the woman was momentarily taken aback, then simply smiled at the truth that had been spoken.
Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive us for our every word and deed that have not smelled sweet before You. Empower and equip us so that our actions, our very being, might draw others unto You. Remind us always to value the faith found in everyone; for even a small child can be an amazing ambassador for You. Thank You that each of us has the capacity to carry Your sweet scent to all. May all that we say and do, be a faithful and pleasing aroma to You. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present