The other night I walked into a room and a friend said, "Are you stirring things up again?" I actually get that a lot... though I'm not sure why. I began thinking about what it means to stir something up. Three things immediately came to mind. I am dealing with them in three devotionals.
Yesterday I looked at stirring the poop. When we dig up mess in ourselves or other people, it just stinks to high Heaven.
Today I want to look at what it means to Stir The Potpourri.
Potpourri is a collection of dried, naturally fragrant plant material. People often have a bowl of potpourri in a room. When stirred, the aroma is released into the air. Other times potpourri is in a sachet made of mesh or sheer fabric.
This is quite the change from yesterday's concept. This is about stirring up good things in people. When we dig around to release the good in others, good is released for the benefit of everyone.
The writer of Hebrews says, "Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works." (Hebrews 10:24 - New King James Version)
Now that is something to stir up... love and good works. Imagine if instead of stirring up drama on Facebook, we stirred up love and good works? How different would your day be if I didn't dig up junk about you in order to hurt you? How different would our relationship be?
You cannot stir up something that isn't there. Love is there. Good works are there. They just need to be stirred up. Sometimes love doesn't bloom, not because a person does not want to love, but because love has grown dead or dried up. Sometimes people are slow to engage in good works because they have been burned and don't want to risk it.
You will often find potpourri in places that need a shot of freshness. It is not unusual to find bowls of potpourri in bathrooms, offices, or on a kitchen shelf. When needed, a swift stir can change stale or stinky air into a whole new feel.
This devotional is a call to move around in the heart of another person in order to release the good things invested by God. Today, stir up love in someone and watch their day change. Stir up good works and watch someone else's life change. This is a great time of year for potpourri. The world stinks in so many ways. But during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, a little love and good works can go a long way to changing the air.
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