My son recently informed me that he does not like the smell of fresh-cut grass.
What? I thought everyone loved that smell. Everything I’ve previously known to be true is now crumbling.
We were walking across the lawn on our way to play some tennis at our apartment complex. You could still hear lawnmowers across the way. I said, “Hey, you smell that? Man I love the smell of fresh-cut grass.” My son turned around with a slight frown on his face and replied, “I don’t!”
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Upon digging a bit deeper I found that for him this smell was related to a negative early childhood experience. My two oldest boys started playing little league football at ages 7 & 9. He informed me that they would cut the grass right before a game, and that the smell only brought back memories of sweat, exhaustion, and pain. Now, this is still very curious to me because all 3 of my boys still play football today….and they do cut the grass on the field here too!
I have an odd one for you. I think of my first day of school any time I smell cool, Fall air blowing through an old, dusty window. Upon writing that last sentence I realize that I’m as goofy as my son.
So…..what is a smell, taste, scenery, or experience that vividly reminds you of another time? Good or bad? Share your experience here.
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That’s right…I like change.
I’m an artistic / creative type. Therefore, I get bored easily if I don’t have new scenery, smells, textures in my life.
These are examples of things I change constantly:
My desktop picture on my Mac products.
A different shower gel each day.
My blog themes. (I try to resist doing this too often)
How I trim my goatee.
New fonts (in everything)
Now, I think I know what you’re thinking. These may be signs of some illness.
If this is NOT your first time visiting my blog you probably noticed I’ve changed the background and header….for about the fourth time now. See what I mean?
I love this quote:
“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.”
Henri Bergson (1859-1941) French philosopher.
So what about you? Where do you like to have change in your life, and when do you absolutely need things to be static?
In Jeremiah 1:4-10, The Lord is placing a call on Jeremiah’s life. Like most of us, Jeremiah is found doubting himself. For him, it was his age. Have you ever had those moments when God was asking you to do something for him…and you thought you could reason with Him that He has the wrong person for the job? There are all kinds of excuses we make when God calls our name.
I’m too old.
I’m too young.
I haven’t been to Seminary.
I don’t pray like I should.
I haven’t ever read the entire Bible.
Public speaking terrifies me.
Someone else could do a much better job.
The interesting part to most of these is that they are likely to be true! From a realistic and simply factual standpoint, we usually aren’t the best qualified. But this is why God is God, and we are…..well…..simple-minded. God calls on you and I to do things for Him that we cannot accomplish on our own. Its a partnership, an approach to teamwork. Its Kingdom Work.
You see, when God calls us to something that intimidates us and we say ‘yes’…we are essentially consenting to growth and learning beyond our own means.
Be sure to read the Jeremiah passage above. Then, be assured that God will equip, train, and empower you to do what He asks of you. How do I know? Because all the above excuses used to be mine!
So, what Kingdom Work has God been wanting you to say ‘yes’ to, and what are you waiting for?