More Than Potpourri
by Patty Wysong
My teenage son walked in the door and asked what smelled so good. Knowing this child of mine, I told him his sister had made a birthday cake, thinking that would make him lick his chops, but his response surprised me. “Oh. I thought I smelled something fruity, maybe peachy.” He was less then happy when I told him that was just the liquid potpourri and there were no peaches in the house, let alone in the oven.
I rather smugly thought to myself, “Yes! Mission accomplished. It no longer smells like a closed up house with a hint of his smelly socks.” When I glanced at his face I saw a different message, it said, “All smell and no substance stinks!”
Sometimes I get so caught up in the smell good part that I don’t even think about substance. But that’s the most important part of the equation. I want to be more than just a pleasing aroma—more than just potpourri. I want to make sure I have a pie sitting on the counter ready to serve to my family and friends—anyone that comes to my door and into my life.
Life is about more than just knowing the right words to say, doing the right things at the right time, wearing the right clothing for the occasion. It’s about walking the talk. Living out what I say I believe. It’s about having more than a smoke screen to hold on to when the going gets rough, and more than just meaningless platitudes when my friends need a lifeline.
How can I do that?
*By spending time in, and meditating on God’s Word.
*By being in constant communion with Christ—time in prayer, talking with Him, but also listening for His voice.
*By abiding in Jesus.
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5
Lord, help me to bear fruit for You and not be just a fruity potpourri that smells good but has no substance to it.