Ninety percent of all the flowers in the world have an unpleasant odor or no odor at all.  Yet, we remember the flowers because of the ten percent that are pleasantly fragrant!  Ten percent that is given is remembered long after we have forgotten how we spent the ninety percent.  The ten percent rises as an odor of a sweet savor to God.


J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.