Smells like “STANK”

For the past few weeks my husband and I have been on a smell hunt.  Something in our house STINKS!  At one point I was actually convinced there was a dead rodent somewhere in our house.  (You know kind of like the scene from Facing the Giants!)  Anyway, around last week we narrowed it down to the refrigerator.  My husband was beyond proud when he realized where it was coming from.  With that being said, “the stink” is still there.  You must understand that he has made it his duty to tend to the kitchen which I am eternally grateful for.  Here is the thing – the STINK is still there.  In the words of my five year old, “It smells like STANK!”

Throughout the evening we both wonder aloud what in the world is making the refrigerator smell so bad.  Funny thing is neither one of us has gone to great lengths to clean it out.  I can’t even believe I’m admitting to it, but it is the truth.  Last night it occurred to me to ask him why not just clean the refrigerator out instead of continuing to play the guessing game.  You know why – because with the refrigerator we only notice it when the door is opened.  The STINK hides away without anyone knowing.  As long as we don’t open the door, we forget it’s even there.  But when that door is open, the STINK inches its way down the hall and even into some of the bedrooms.


Who knows!  It will take too much time.  I have a lot to do.  I’m sure he has a lot to do too.  The children are always running around.  As you can see, the list can go on and on.

The STINK is a lot like sin.  It’s hidden away, and no one really has to know about it.  Since no one really knows about it, sin doesn’t have to be dealt with immediately.  But why not deal with it anyway?  Well, I’m sure it will take too much time.  We all have things to do.  No one knows about it anyway.  Again, the list goes on and on.


Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

As Christians, we can only advance when we strip off weights that are tripping us up.  It may be true that no one knows, but it will still drag you down.  I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to take the time to be in a race, I’m sure enough going to try to at least get as close to winning as possible.





2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa Torres
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 17:02:31

    I thought about when our refrigerator had a bad smell mostly due to onions gone bad. I decided to buy Arm & Hammer to keep help keep the refrigerator smelling fresh. Still we have to clean the fridge to keep so much mess from cluttering up. So the thought came to my mind that just coming to church weekly does not mean you have the right to sin, go to church to ask for forgiveness from God, just so we can turn around and do the same thing again next week.

    “Remember it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” : James 4:17 NLT


    • Able 2 See
      Mar 02, 2012 @ 07:59:54

      Wow, Lisa, you are so right! It isn’t enough to cover up the stink (sin). We’ve got to get rid of it completely. I LOVE that analogy. Thanks so much for sharing (and for being an example of a woman of God)!


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