Don’t Call Me Stinky!

In general, Costa Rican’s become offended if you were to tell them they smelled. That’s because they take great pride in their appearance and hygiene. They put US North Americans to shame. And I have often wondered what they think of some of the Europeans and Canadians who, by choice, don’t bathe as often or use deoderant.

Nearly all Costa Ricans spend a great amount of time preparing to go out. Their hair and clothing are always neat and clean. Even those who are “the poorest of the poor,” will put on their finest. They make sure their children are well-dressed also. You will often see Ticos in restaurants or at their workplaces with a toothbrush and toothpaste in hand. A typical grocery/department store has huge sections dedicated to the accommodation of a Tico’s desire to keep themselves and their homes smelling fresh and clean. From soaps, deoderants, shampoo, laundry, and household air-fresheners and cleaners, it’s unbelievable, to me, that these aisles take up nearly a third of our local grocery.

How do you smell? And how do you present yourself? I know I’m not always at my best. But I know I should be. Even more so, that I call myself a Christian. Who cares if you’re a little smelly? It depends. 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 says that while we should smell pleasing, some will still find us offensive.

“But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this?” (NLT)

I have included another video and translation of one of the song’s we sang this weekend as part of the worship service.

What Can I Give?

What Can I Give?                                      Que Puedo Darte
What can I give                                               Que puedo darte
What can I offer                                              Que puedo ofrecer
To honor Your name, Jesus?                        Para honrar tu nombre, Jesus
Not a life                                                          Ni toda una vida
or long distances                                           ni largas distancias
may harm Your majesty.                            podran herir tu majestad.
You are more than I can express              Eres mas de lo que puedo expresar
You are more than I can see                     Eres mas de lo que puedo mirar
I bring my heart surrendered to You     Traigo mi corazon rendido ante ti
It isn’t gold or silver; it is my best          No es oro ni plata; es lo mejor de mi
It is like the perfume                                  Es como aquel perfume
poured onto You                                         derramado en ti
So I give myself in worship                     Asi me doy en adoracion
To You, Jesus,                                             A ti, Jesus,
I lay everything at Your feet.                  rindo todo a tus pies.
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