By: Robert J. Tamasy
我們是神的分界線 無論我們說了什麼或做了什麼，不是每個人都會正面地回應跟隨耶穌的人以及為基督而活的人。我們所能做的就是盡可能真實地有信心地活著，讓他人自由選擇如何回應。「因為我們在神面前，無論在得救的人身上或滅亡的人身上，都有基督馨香之氣」。(哥林多後書2章15節) 」
Robert J. Tamasy是領袖遺產通訊的副總裁。這是一個總部在美國喬治亞州亞特蘭大的非營利性組織 。他也是一個有38年經驗的退休專業新聞工作者。著有:商業藝術: 今日職場中永恆的箴言智慧 ，並和David A. Stoddard,合著良師益友的心:十個培養人們全備潛能的原則。更多資訊詳見www.leaderslegacy.com 或上他的部落格www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com.
思想 / 討論題目
你最喜歡的味道或是香味是什麼? 它們最常引起你哪一些想法、情緒或是記憶？ 你是否可以想到有一些在你工作職場上的人，他們似乎是帶著特定的香味，會引起你或是其他人正面或是負面的立即的反應？解釋你的答案。 對於一些人們信靠和用以溝通的屬靈信念，它們對人是否也有心理學上如同香氣的影響力？對此你如何回應？ 如果你是耶穌的跟隨者，哪一些香氣是其他人從你身上察覺到的？你覺得自己是耶穌的大能使節嗎？解釋原因。 如果你不是耶穌的跟隨者，也許只是好奇想知道更多關於他的事，或甚至你是一個不可知論者。你從那些宣稱信耶穌的人身上注意到什麼種香氣？
附註: 如果你有聖經，想知道更多有相關的經節可以參考:哥林多前書3:6-13;以弗所書5:2; 腓利比書1:9-12, 4:18;彼得前書2:8
WHAT KIND OF “FRAGRANCE” DO YOU EXHIBIT?
By: Robert J. Tamasy
We often receive impressions and reach conclusions based on things we see and hear, but our thinking also can be influenced by what we smell. As a boy, for instance, I always enjoyed the distinctive smell of crayons. To me, that meant an opportunity to be creative with pictures in a coloring book. As a teenager, my first girlfriend wore a particular kind of perfume, and for years afterward I was reminded of her whenever I smelled a similar fragrance.
I love the smell of coffee in the morning and find it invigorating. No movie theater experience would be complete for me without the alluring smell of popcorn, and I do not know anyone that cannot appreciate the “new car smell” of a newly manufactured automobile.
Workplaces often have distinctive smells and odors as well. When I was in the newspaper business, there was a unique smell of ink and newsprint that I carried home on my clothes at the end of the day. When you walk past a restaurant, aromas of food hovering nearby tempt you to go inside and inspect the menu. Some manufacturing facilities are known for the smells of their products and the processes they use.
But did you ever think that as business and professional people, we also have unique “fragrances” coworkers notice, if only subconsciously? I am not referring to deodorant (or the lack of it), hairspray, or cologne. What I mean is the fragrance of our personality – the “air” that accompanies us as we enter a room or arrive for a meeting. Are we enthusiastic or morose? Optimistic or pessimistic? Energetic or lethargic? Eager or reluctant?
It may be that our personal belief system also can affect the “fragrance” we project to others. In the Bible, it says through His followers, God “spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him” (2 Corinthians 2:14). That means followers of Jesus Christ, wherever they go in the workplace, serve as His representatives. Consider the ramifications of this:
We are God”s ambassadors. Just as a foreign ambassador represents his or her nation in another part of the world, followers of Jesus serve as His “ambassadors” to people who do not yet know Him. This can be both good and bad, because just as a poor ambassador gives a bad impression of his country, a hypocritical or inconsistent follower of Jesus can present a poor impression of Him to others. “We are therefore Christ”s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
We are God”s “salespeople.” The best salesperson for any product is a “satisfied customer,” someone that has used and appreciated the product or service and its benefits. In a similar way, those who follow Jesus are best equipped to speak to what He has meant in their lives and what He can mean for others. “…We implore you on Christ”s behalf: Be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
We are God”s dividing line. Not everyone is going to respond favorably to those who follow and live for Jesus Christ, no matter what is said or done. All we can do is live as genuinely and faithfully as possible, and let others respond as they choose. “For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life” (2 Corinthians 2:15).
The important thing is that for those that reject Jesus, He must be the cause of offense, not those who follow Him. “Behold I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense (Jesus), and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame” (Romans 9:33).
Robert J. Tamasy is vice president of communications for Leaders Legacy, Inc., a non-profit corporation based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. A veteran of more than 38 years in professional journalism, he is the author of Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace (River City Press) and has coauthored with David A. Stoddard, The Heart of Mentoring: 10 Proven Principles for Developing People to Their Fullest Potential (NavPress). For more information, see www.leaderslegacy.com or go to his online blog, www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com.
What are some of your most favorite smells or fragrances? What thoughts, emotions or memories do these typically arouse in you? Can you think of any individuals where you work that seem to carry a certain “fragrance” with them, causing an instant reaction in you or others – positive or negative? Explain your answer. How do you respond to the concept that the spiritual beliefs people live by and communicate can have the same effect on others as physical fragrances – or odors? If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, what kind of “fragrance” do you think others detect from you? Do you think you are an effective ambassador for Him? Why or why not? If you are not a follower of Jesus – perhaps someone just curious to learn more about Him, or even an agnostic – what kind of fragrances have you noticed from people who claim to believe in Him?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to review some other passages that relate to this topic, consider the following verses: 1 Corinthians 3:6-13; Ephesians 5:2, 6:20; Philippians 1:9-12, 4:18; 1 Peter 2:8