The Scent of Caring

By Michael Temple

Photo by Dreamstime

As I descended that last step of the yellow school bus and said “good-bye” to Joe, the old bus driver, that unmistakable scent tantalized my nostrils in the crisp autumn air. My heart began to beat a little faster in anticipation of what awaited me...Homemade Bread! Ahh...what a comforting treat to smell its wonderful, yeasty aroma welcoming me home. 
After a tiring day of school, the smell of bread baking in the oven always had a way of lifting my spirits, causing me to quicken my steps towards the door. If the bread was finished baking and cooling on the counter, I would excitedly sample a warm piece (or two). I’d slather on some butter and watch it quickly melt into a steaming slice of heaven. There was nothing like mom’s bread! 
My mother is now 91 years old, and although she isn’t able to bake those crusty creations anymore, I always think of her whenever I catch the scent of bread in the air. It’s indelibly marked on my psyche, and I always smile. The idea that something so simple can bring on such a change still marvels me. 
“Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation…” (2 Corinthians 2:15, Message).
Those who claim to be Christians (but have no real interest in actually living it), put off a pungent odor to those who are unfortunate enough to find themselves in their company.  Conversely, true God-followers have a wonderful life-aroma that emanates from them as they travel through this world. Everywhere they go the “scent” of their love and kindness hangs in the air. The “scent” of genuine Godliness has a changing effect on people, and the world needs to breathe in more of it!