Take a Good Whiff

Yesterday there was a DUI trial that I watched as I was waiting for my matter to be called.  In the presentation of evidence, there was a witness that testified that he smelled an odor of alcohol on the accused driver when he approached her following the single car accident in a residential neighborhood.  The witness had heard a crash and came outside to investigate, admitting that he had also been drinking prior to hearing the accident.

In cross-examination, the defense attorney asked an important question, “how did you distinguish between the smell of alcohol on you versus the smell of alcohol that you claimed to smell on the defendant?”  The witness hesitated before finally admitting, “I couldn’t.”  He couldn’t tell where his smell stopped and hers began yet his initial testimony was condemning of her condition (I’m not saying she wasn’t drunk) even though his condition actually hindered his ability to judge hers.

How often do we do that?  Focus on the smell of other’s people’s problems and conditions rather than recognizing that we’ve got our own smell?  Even that our smell could be blending over into their smell to the point that we can’t distinguish where ours starts and ends versus where theirs starts and ends.  It’s such an easy thing to think we recognize somebody else’s issues without realizing that our issues damage our ability to accurately perceive. 

I’ve heard it called our inner cesspool before . . . the depths of our own depravity.  The smell that is in us from our jealousy, insecurity, anger, lust or other conditions which sometimes have originated from some initiating action we have done or have had done to us.  It’s healthy to take a whiff and recognize that it’s there.  Only after getting a good whiff of our own inner cesspool can we allow Redemption to have a way in us to start to clean out the junk and replace it with a Sweet smelling fragrance that reflects humility, forgiveness and selflessness in the place where the mess used to reside.

One last thing . . . some of us believe, “yeah; I’ve done that – I took care of that when I _______________. ”  Maybe, but the need for a nose to smell the cesspool never ends because “life happens” and those things that we don’t want will bubble up inside of us when pressed in different ways.  That’s good news, because once we smell it, we can depend on the Solution to get it clean.

6 thoughts on “Take a Good Whiff

  1. Scott, this is excellent. What Father has been showing me is that we don’t examine ourselves and our own cesspool anywhere deep enough. The vision that God gave me was a tree, when we cut down a tree we struggle to get the stump out of the ground. We begin to chop at the root system and get the stump loose, but it never seems to want to move from its place. What we find, after too much time of investigating, is that there is a main root that goes straight down from the tree. This is the root that my anxiety, my fears…etc have been residing. So, I have spend a year chopping at my unforgiveness, my hurts and everything else that was in my cesspool, but it was last week, when Father showed me the main root of them, I chopped it down and was free from 11 years of anxiety and stress. We have to dig deeper in ourselves, we have to bring the issues to light and then the enemy has no power over that situation any more. We cannot sweep problems under the rug and expect that they will just go away. Thank you Scott for pressing in and thank you for the confirmation for me. Love you brother!

  2. i know all about that “whiff”….that cesspool…i hate that smell….and the plank in my eye that’s bigger than the speck in your eye….but it’s so close to me all i see is your speck & all i smell is your “cesspool”….hmmm, is that denial? judgement? pride? ugh…..hate those “smells” also….


  3. Good stuff Scott! I know this is definitely true for me, and I find that unless I take things to God first, it is difficult to discern the end of my shortcomings and the beginning of another person’s. True word sir!

  4. Good word Scott. You’ll read a lot about getting the log out of your own eye as you begin to read The Peacemaker. I have found that the things which we find most offensive in other people tend to be things which we have in our own lives to some degree. We can see it so clearly (so we think) in others, but we tend to be totally blind to it in our own lives. We all have blind spots and that is why accountability partners are so important. “Cross-examination” – looking at things through the lens of the cross, helps us see the truth!

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