Thursday, July 03, 2008

fragrance of life


They say your personality is formed completely by the time you are 3 years old. I always found it intersting but didn't know if it was really true.
When I was visiting my mom she had my baby book out and I took a look. She had this little chart of personality traits where she kept track of me for different years. And you know what? It is pretty much right on.

2 yrs old. I thought it was funny that next to "affectionate" my mom wrote "don't touch to much" and next to "bossy" she said "very!" And all the other things she circled as part of my character were pretty much right on too.

I also thought it was interesting that I wasn't happy when I was six. I was happy every other year. Then I thought about it. What was going on in my life at age six? Ira. That would have been what was going on. LOLOLOL. That made me laugh. It was also kindergarten and maybe we moved or something too...but I like to blame Ira. hehe. It makes me happy now.

Well now here I am going into a time of life where nothing really defines me other than me. So it was a good reminder of who I am.

I also read an interesting devotional today...I'll copy and paste it in here...it's about Joy. The scripture verse it uses is one that I have quoted for myself often over the years. "The joy of the Lord is my strength" I like the verse because it talks about joy as a source and it also talks about strength coming from God. That is what I want to come out of my life when it's squeezed.

How's Your Joy Quotient?
TGIF Today God Is First
Volume 2, by Os Hillman07-03-2008

"Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength" (Neh 8:10).

One of the overriding evidences that someone has a genuine relationship with our living Savior is their consistent attitude of joy and outlook on life. A follower of Jesus should not be a person who always looks at life as if the glass is half full. Instead, we should be the most positive people on earth. We should see opportunity in the midst of challenges.
The light that resides in you should be like the beam of a lighthouse to a ship that is seeking direction. Our lives should have the fragrance of Christ. People should be attracted to our lives just as the bee is attracted to the nectar in the colorful flower.
The apostle Paul understood this when he said, "But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life" (2 Cor 2:14-16).
I must admit I've been with some believers whose attitude toward life is more like a porcupine. It's painful to get too close to them because of their negative and poisonous view of life that criticizes the world around them.
No matter what circumstance you may find yourself in, the joy of the Lord must be your strength. Paul learned this truth even in the midst of his adversities. "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength (Phil 4:12-13).
How would others describe your joy quotient? On a scale of 1 to 10, where would they rank you? Today, make a commitment to greet every circumstance knowing that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

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