Sweet Aromas

Categories: Tea & Truth

August 28, 2017

I finally took the plunge. Yup, that’s right – I bought an essential oils starter kit. For those of you who don’t yet know about this growing trend, an essential oil is an aromatic natural oil extracted from a plant. These oils have been used for millennia as natural remedies to life’s ailments. They can be used by diffusing, applying topically, or ingesting.

One of my favorite stories about essential oils happened back during the 1500s when the bubonic plague was running rampant in Europe. Fun setting, right? Four thieves gained notoriety by robbing infectious dead bodies of their possessions. Yet, the airborne bacteria didn’t kill them! When they finally got caught, they were offered a reduced sentence in exchange for their secret: wearing masks infused with vinegar and essential oils!

In John 12:3, Jesus was having dinner at Mary and Martha’s house. “Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.” Spikenard was a perfume with medicinal properties made from the essential oils of a plant from the Himalayan mountains. The cost was equal to one year’s salary – worth tens of thousands of dollars today. But Mary didn’t care. She lavished it on Jesus, filling the room with the sweet aroma of her selflessness.

With all the sweet aromas floating around my own home, how, you may ask, does my husband feel about it? Well, considering he’s the one who force-feeds me oregano essential oil when I get sick just to get a laugh from my facial reaction to the strong taste, he’s just fine with it. In fact, he thinks it’s a major improvement from my sweet-smelling, chemically-enhanced candles that sometimes give him headaches.

That’s the thing about marriage. We try to put each other’s needs first, whether that means my hubster chasing me around the house to get me to take something that will benefit my health, or me refraining from burning certain candles when he’s home. It’s all about selflessness. One might even say that selflessness is an essential component to a God-honoring marriage, or any successful relationship.

When selflessness disappears and selfishness rears its ugly head, we’ve got trouble. Even selfishness over little things like candles can cause big problems, both in my relationship with my husband and in my walk with God. I would much rather avoid that, but the struggle is real. Sometimes I have to summon discipline from the deep, dark recesses of my willpower (though that same willpower becomes very shallow when chocolate is involved).

Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

I’m not always successful at selflessness. In fact, I fail way more often than I’d like to admit. A lot of the time, my thoughts throughout the day revolve around accomplishing my responsibilities rather than taking a step back to evaluate how I can put my husband first. Honestly, he feels more loved when I spend time with him doing yard work than when I fold his laundry, especially because he knows that the laundry will haunt me until I get it done. Hey, maybe I can bless him by making him essential oils products!

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

Share a way God is challenging you to spread the sweet aroma of selflessness in the comments below!

Jessie Chamberlain
Family Radio Staff

6 Responses to "Sweet Aromas"

  1. B Hamlyn Posted on August 28, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Great blog, great reminder! I remember way back when my marriage was new, and when all personal decisions became joint decisions — it can feel like everything’s a battle (even if the gloves are made of velvet)! I think that that all changed when we started working on the concept of trying to make every decision WIN/WIN. Those decisions became fun challenges instead of battles, and we usually figured it out!… But, back to selflessness — of course the selflessness comes in when there’s no perfect compromise. I think it makes it so much easier to come to the “selfless place” when you think of it not as giving in but as choosing to make a SACRIFICE – for the person and onto the Lord. And the benefits always outweigh the thing that was given up (in the long run if not in the short run), don’t they? And the Lord feels so close – there’s nothing better than that!! (PS – also love your reminder to do what would mean something to the other person, not just what means something to us)

    • Jessie Chamberlain Posted on September 6, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Thank you so much for your beautiful comment and for sharing your experiences! God bless you!

  2. Family Radio Employee Posted on August 31, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Selflessness is also important in our relationships with our children, siblings, parents, friends and co-workers…as Jessie has so eloquently stated, “Selflessness is an essential component to any relationship”…wonderful reminder, Thank You!

    • Jessie Chamberlain Posted on September 6, 2017 at 10:10 am

      God bless!

  3. evangeline Posted on September 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Beautiful blog: When we do everything for the glory of God, and sacrifice ourselves to our love once and even to our own enemy we fill that joy and contentment. Always reminding us the sacrifice and love that our Lord has done for us. This is the perfect picture of selflessness.Praise the LORD!

    • Jessie Chamberlain Posted on September 6, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Thank you so much! May God bless you!

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