"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building other up according to their needs... 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." Ephesians 4:29, 5:1-2
If you know what it is, you understand what it means. Skunk hair is a condition experienced by people who use hair color. A younger generation skunk on purpose, others do not. For me, it appears like white magic, when too much time passes between color enhancements. The shining streak starts as a faint marking and expands with each passing day. And, it really does stink because others notice it before the wearer does.
Hair isn't the only part of us that can turn skunky. Sometimes our attitudes, habits or manners can stink up a room. Working on our career agendas, social ladders, or talent performances, we can easily slip into an all-about-me mode. Our energy and focus revolve on how to make our life easier, better and finer instead of serving others around us... or in other words, serving our Father.
Sniff. How is the air quality around you? If you aren't sure, look at the people in your circle. They are a good indicator. If their nose is turned up, head lowered or a frown planted on their face, you might want to examine yourself and your current motives.
Father, clear my head and my heart of skunk-like tendencies. Rid me of bitterness, selfish acts and jealous ways. Fill me with compassion and kindness instead. Let me overflow with Your sweet fragrance, so others will be drawn to You and your unconditional love and saving grace. In Jesus' name, amen.
Now, for the hair issue, that requires a trip to my Angie-girl for color enhancement. Oh, the delights of seeing the right ones for our issues... of heart and hair.
have a sweet-filled day!