I was walking through the Costco parking lot when I saw someone cut into a parking space before the car that was waiting for that space could get in. The that got cut off honked her horn and aggressively pulled up behind the car that jetted into her parking spot. I didn’t wait for the perpetrator to emerge from the newly parked car and to hear the heated exchange, but knew it would not be a pleasant encounter.
I went on into Costco, did my shopping and waited my turn in the long line to get my items checked out. The lady in front of me asked the guy who was loading her stuff back into the cart if he wouldn’t mind trying on the men’s jacket she was purchasing since he was about the same size as her husband. She wanted to see how it would look on him. The Costco worker put on the jacket for her, all looked fine, and she made the purchase.
Having observed that, I instinctively asked if he would mind trying on what I was purchasing to make sure it would fit alright, as I held up my men’s underwear three pack. The gal at the register laughed out loud and the guy joined with her; only seconds later to be topped by the woman behind me holding up her three pack underwear asking if he wouldn’t mind doing the same for her.
We all just needed a good laugh, a comedy break from our stress filled lives. How enjoyable it was to fine humor in the mundane, we all need that. Life can be pretty serious, pretty heavy, and sometimes discouraging. People can be rude, and uncaring. So….what would Jesus look like in our world today?
Someone once told me, “There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who bring joy to the room when they enter it, and those who bring joy to the room when they leave.” I want to be the former.
What is the ambiance of my spirit when I’m with others?
The Apostle Paul speaks about this in 2 Corinthians chapter 2…..
“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.” – 2 Cor. 2:14
I know that it goes onto say in the following verses that to those who are being saved we are the fragrance of life, and to those who are perishing – we are the smell of death. We learn from this that not everyone will be receptive of our “fragrance” of Christ. Some might feel convicted, others might not want to be confronted by the reality that there is an Almighty God to whom we all must give an account. However, by and large, people do want the fruit of the Spirit that arises in our lives. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Goodness, etc., are attractive characteristics in our world today. And remember what John says will be the way people will know that we are his (Christ’s) disciples? …………… “that we love one another”. (John 13:35)
Are you heading to Costco? In the daily mundane details of life, what vibe or fragrance do you give off?