Running past roadkill

After the first mile of my run this morning, the smell of rotting roadkill hit my nostrils.  I couldn’t see it, but it was very strong and I just wanted to get past the odor as quick as possible.

I have conversations like that sometimes with people.  I’ll start a conversation with someone and all of a sudden, the smell of a rotten attitude hits me.  The challenge is this –  how to navigate the conversation once that happens.  Trying to remain positive or speaking truth to someone just doesn’t work in some cases.  It’s like trying to revive roadkill… it’s been dead for a while and no amount of oxygen is gonna bring it back.

We’re not to let things rot in our lives.  There are a few examples that come to mind immediately from God’s Word:  the animals that were sacrificed to God were to be consumed with fire, the manna was to be gathered each day and consumed that day or else it would rot.  We hold onto things too long sometimes and put too much importance in them.  Even the brass serpent-on-a-stick had to be destroyed because it had become an idol (II Kings 18:4).

Paul writes in II Corinthians 2:14-16

14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficientt for these things?

The problem with an out-and-back run is that you have to run back past the roadkill odor.  At least you know when to hold your breath and push past it.


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