How many of you feel blessed? I struggle with it myself because at times I feel blessed and other times I wonder if God really even cares about me. Well, I shouldn’t say God doesn’t care about me, but I feel that I am struggling and all alone in this world. Let’s take a look at the word “Blessing” and what it really means to us as human beings. What is the definition of “Blessing”? Here is an example from the Oxford dictionary, “God’s favor and protection: may God continue to give us his blessing”
I thought I would share a post from a woman named Leila Willingham,
“To be a blessing”
“No few words have ever changed me like those I heard from a pastor here in Dallas a few years ago. Years! I still remember it and try every single day to live by them
Why are we blessed? To be a blessing
If you are breathing, eating, driving, texting, laughing, coughing, aching, reading, parenting, marrying, soldiering (okay I made that one up), then you are living. And that is a blessing given to you, so be one in return.
It is in this season of my life, where literally every breath is reliant on God, that I have experienced life’s richest moments. And for that desperation, I am thankful.”
The message I get from Leila is that when we are a blessing to others then in turn, God will bless us. Sometimes it can be very frustrating when we do a lot to help others; yet, we don’t feel blessed… For instance, at times the people who just take from others appear to be the only ones being blessed, and those who are givers and care takers are drained and empty of blessings. We can’t be discouraged! God does see what’s happening, and he knows everything. The key point is to help others but not at the expense of hurting yourself because it can cause us to become bitter people. So it’s great to volunteer and help others in need, but also take care of yourself. God does expect us to treat ourselves with respect and love.
I need to continually thank God for the blessings He gives me each day. It’s too easy to focus on the negative things about life. God blessed me with a wonderful kitten around Thanksgiving, and she has brought a glimmer of hope to my life. God also blesses us when He sees that we are thankful for what he has already given us.
The hardest thing to do is bless those who have hurt or injured us. However, God tells us to bless those people. 1 Peter 3:9 “…not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.” (The Bible) That doesn’t mean that we stick around and let others abuse us, but if it does happen we are to forgive and wish blessings on that person. This is extremely difficult. However, it pleases God, and He will bless us when we have a good attitude and a contrite heart towards those who have done us wrong. Try it once, and send a blessing to one of your enemies and see what happens.
God Bless all of you, and we are all truly blessed to be living in America…