Be Blessed

I often close the Weekly Witness with the quote “May the Lord bless you and yours, and may you be a blessing to others.”. I wonder how many of us really make a concerted effort to, in fact, “be a blessing” to someone.  When was the last time you went out of your way to do something or say something that might be referred to as a blessing?  Conversely, how many times has someone been a blessing to you and you took that blessing for granted?

God blesses each of us, hour by hour, every day, the saved and unsaved alike.  Jesus tells us, “He (God) causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matt. 5:45)  He also said we should “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)

We are exhorted to love our neighbors as ourselves and I’m sure most of us try to do just that – but from a distance.  When I do reach out to encourage or lift up someone, I confess I too often extend my hand only to people I know; people withing my circle of Christian friends.  I fail to be the salt and light we are all called to be in a world of hurting and lonely people.  When we look at the fuller context of the verse quoted above such practice is contrary to our Lord’s message. “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?  And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matt. 5:46-48)

Do you remember the last time you received an unexpected call from someone who just wanted to wish you a blessed day?  They didn’t call for any reason except to ask how you were, to let you know they were thinking of you, praying for you, and wishing you a blessed day.  I do and I recall how uplifted I felt that someone would be so mindful of me.  It just makes my day, and I know it makes yours too.

An additional blessing comes with our knowledge that we have brightened someone’s day.  Just as we nearly always feel more blessed by charity or outreach opportunities than those we serve, so is that blessing given to us when we lift up an unsuspecting neighbor, friend, or co-worker.

How many bridges do you imagine could be repaired or built if you turned right now to someone not expecting your kindness and let them know you honor, respect, and care about them.  So what if you have had issues or conflicts with them – you must become bigger than the obstacle.  Did not our Father dismiss conflicts He had with our sinful ways?  You know, God may have put this person in your path to grow your faith.

I can promise you, that as you show kindness to someone with whom you may be at odds, your differences become less important.  As you lift them up your esteem for them increases.  They will automatically become more honorable and more loveable.  It is impossible to continue to dislike or even be aloof with someone you reach out to bless.  As we practice the art of loving our neighbor I am confident that our Father in Heaven, through the Holy Spirit, touches our very souls with His love and blessings.

This week let us all find ways to bless someone – someone who isn’t necessarily expecting your kindness.  Ask them if there is something in their life that you can pray for them about; share with them how important they are in your life; let them know that you thank God for putting them in your path.  Bring them a cup of coffee,. tell them how nice they look, or that you appreciate their contributions to the job or the neighborhood.  Call someone (emails just aren’t as personable) – “Just thinking of you my brother, my sister.”

I pray our Father God’s abundant blessings for you and yours, and that you may be a blessing to others.


Comments

  1. Thanks for this wonderful reminder…we often are too busy with daily life to actually try to reach out to someone unless they step directly into our path.

    I will try to make an effort to bless specific people.

    Karel

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