This weekend was really amazing. I just want to thank you all so much for your amazing sense of instant friendship this weekend. I feel so blessed to be serving with such compassionate and encouraging people. It was really depressing to wake up this morning and not sit with really awesome people eating and laughing.
Anyhow... todays reading was really encouraging for me and completely took my brain on a complete tangent. I hope that this post doesn't come out the way it could and completely look like i am condemning the girls at my church, but I just really need to get this off my chest and share. I really haven't seen true fellowship and compassion until this weekend. The smell of Christ working in all of you was sooo beautiful. But I want to caution against the smell it could become. My home church (not the one I go to Sonshine with) really struggles on accepting people. The girls are very clicky and it is really hard to find God when I feel I cant share anything without being judged.
With this said, I think that the sweet fragrance can also be a form of honesty. People have this strange notion that once you become a Christian nothing bad can ever happen to you and you have to maintain this really high unattainable level of perfection. I feel like this fragrance of God is something that really keeps people away from Jesus. I feel like when we are honest about our lives and realize that Jesus pushes our limits, challenges our lives, and causes us to die to ourselves daily. I think that with great honesty comes a great fragrance of the truth Jesus wants us to share. I feel like the best way we can tell people about Jesus and show them the sweet fragrance is by being completely one hundred percent honest. People fear God because they think He will judge for the broken pieces of their past. When we share our troubles and brokeness and meet people where they are afraid to be, I think we can really just show the compassion of Jesus and clear all misconceptions. My hope for this summer is that God would allow the campers to smell HIS, not my, sweet smell.
WOW, I can really go off on random tangents. Sorry guys, I understand if that made absolutely no sense to anyone.