Dead Noses Smell No Roses


But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you… For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s. But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel…” (Philippians 2:19-23, KJV).

We have all heard the saying, “Give people their flowers while they are still living,” in reference to a deceased person. When people die, loved ones and friends send bouquets of flowers to show their respect. But the person lying in the casket cannot see or smell them. The idea is to give them their flowers while they are still alive, so they can cherish them. This phrase is a metaphor reminding us to say encouraging words to others while they are still in the land of the living and can appreciate them. It is good to say nice things about a deceased person for others to hear, but the words do not encourage the dearly departed.

Timothy was Paul’s son in the faith. From Paul’s words about Timothy in Philippians 2:19-23, it is obvious he had profound respect and deep appreciation for him. As Paul was hoping to send him to the Church in Philippi, he was letting them know about the godly character of his protégé. Paul was letting Timothy ‘smell his roses while he was still alive’ by immortalizing his gratitude for him in a letter. Is there someone who is meaningful to you? How about that person who has been a source of blessing? Why don’t you take the opportunity through a phone call, an email, a text or a letter to let them know? Maybe it is your spouse, an old classmate, a special friend, a co-worker or a unique someone in your life. Why don’t you take this wonderful opportunity to give them their roses while they are still alive?

Let us go to the Throne of Grace,
Dear Lord, please show me today the person (or persons) to whom I can give roses.

~Dr. William R. Glaze

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