Today is National Garlic Day. You may not know what garlic looks like, but I’m guessing you can tell when someone is cooking with it at your house–its nickname is the stinky rose.
Some fun facts about garlic: it’s part of the lily family, it’s been used since 7000 BC, it helps get rid of colds and other health issues because it has antibiotics, and Roman soldiers ate it for courage. If you eat enough of it, you may keep mosquitoes away, and in Gilroy, California (the garlic capital of the world), they have a big festival every year and you can even get garlic ice cream there. Um…yummy?? People believe it keeps away vampires, a myth says garlic grew from one of Satan’s feet (!?!?!!).
A little garlic goes a long way–it’s a pretty strong smell. It’s hard to ignore. Same with some sins–a little bit makes a huge impact. Beware of little things that may be stinking up your house these days–negativity, whining, complaining. It’s hard to be around a lot of complaining and not get affected, just like the smell of garlic gets into everything around it.
29 When you talk, don’t say anything bad. But say the good things that people need—whatever will help them grow stronger. Then what you say will be a blessing to those who hear you.
Ephesians 4:29 (ERV)
Dear Lord, forgive me for complaining and being selfish. Help me say nicer things, to be more positive and to help people in my family be stronger. Amen.