When I used to visit my Mee-Maw growing up she would always have yummy things to eat. She would make us chocolate cupcakes, white cake with incredible almond icing, and take me to get elephant ears dessert from Winn Dixie. She also loved to serve cantaloupe. That happens to be one of my favorite fruits but it was never very tasty when she served it. Cantaloupe has the weird characteristic where it absorbs smells around it. In this particular case, it absorbed the moth ball scent that lingered in her house. I would always want it to taste so good, but when I bit into it, I wanted to spit it right back out.
I think sometimes we are a lot like cantaloupe and we absorb things that are not Christlike just by the circumstances that surround us. We can look really good on the outside but when it comes to what is in our heart it reaks. The negativity, jealousy, need for approval, gossip, anger and a whole list of others will sooner or later will be sniffed out. You always look pretty in the tupperware, but as soon as the lid is lifted, it can show some pretty awful things.
Ephesians 5:1-2 says, "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."
I read this verse recently and it came a live in a whole new way. Does my life smell of righteous things? Do my thoughts, words and actions glorify God at all times? Am I living my life fragrantly?
I pray that God helps me clear out the mothballs that surround my life and replace them with more of Him.