Today, Jon Acuff posted a piece on showing “grace on a plane.” In it, he described various opportunities he’d had to do just that.
While an extremely cool idea, and the title itself not a half-bad play on “Snakes on a Plane,” it wasn’t the specific examples themselves that struck me, but the ending.
Jon describes how, a few weeks ago, a woman spilled wine on him. And how he laughed it off, helped her clean it up, and thereby showed her grace on a plane.
What I thought as I read the end of the post was that he must’ve disembarked smelling like communion. Now I realize that wouldn’t necessarily be the first thought of those he might’ve encountered that day, but hear me out:
In showing the woman grace, he’d (figuratively) left a sweet-smelling savor in her nostrils that day. The savor of kindness, and not of rancor. In his act of kindness, he was Jesus to her that day.
Shouldn’t we be about the same business? Wouldn’t it be awesome if we left the smell of our communion with the Lord in the lives others where, and when, we intersect with them?
I think so.
So let’s go, church! Let’s go forth and “smell” of communion today–and everyday!
What do you think? What savor do you leave in the lives of others?