Here is some good news resulting from the effects of our recent, bitter winter storms. According to researchers, the winter storms are killing off the stinkbugs that have been ravaging US crops in 38 states for years.

It seems that the stinkbugs are pretty resistant to the cold because they excrete natural oils that act like the antifreeze in your car. However, the bitter cold we have been experiencing has been killing up to 90% of the stinkbugs in some areas. That is great news for farmers this year.

While most of us are not farmers trying to grow good crops, we should be trying to grow good character and fruitful relationships every day. If we are not careful, we can allow ‘stinkbug’ type habits and thinking to invade our daily lives and ravage our character and relationships.

The Apostle Paul listed some of these “stinkers” in Colossians by saying,
“… you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips” (Colossians 3:8).

Notice the key;  “…you must rid yourselves of all such things.” In other words, I can’t get rid of them for you, and you can’t get them out of my life. Removing these stinkers is something only I can do in my life and you can do in yours. If we will get rid of them, the result will be a healthier character and more fruitful relationships.

Think about it, and have a “STINK FREE DAY!”

John Mark Caton, Ph.d

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