Have you been blessed? I pause for a moment to consider what has it been like for me. My reaction to that question was that it was not so easy to see how and how much I’ve been blessed because I honestly have taken things too much for granted. It is also difficult, especially with so many people around who’ve been blessed more and I am comparing.
But the hard reality and well, make no mistake Dil; all of us have been blessed (Genesis 1:28). I do you have a job, money to live a satisfied life, enough to eat, a safe place to live, family, a marriage of 22 years, 2 boys who bless us daily, many friends, a lovely church, an education and the list can go on if I look positively, it may be in unique ways and in varying degrees, but me for sure and all of us have been blessed . . . abundantly.
So as I reflect, I am asking the question as to how then should I think about these wonderful blessings? I mean, how can I reconcile the fact that I’ve been blessed with so much—so much more than countless men and women alive right now in other parts of this country and around the world?
This morning, a office mate sent me this message “Your perseverance and kindness always inspired me. I can hardly express how special you are to our team. Always be happy and healthy. God bless you abundantly. ❤️😘🤗” and this assurance really helped me to see that the only way to think about my own and all of our blessings is to view them as means to bless others. And the only way to view myself and ourselves is blessed to bless others.
Knowing what we do about God and about His intentions for us, how could we ever conclude otherwise? How could we ever conclude that we’ve been blessed simply so that we may live in comfort and security and isolation and only live for ourselves? The more I think of this, the more I ask ‘What kind of story would that be, anyway?’ And so I say “NO”, I must view all these blessings as personal invitations into God’s much greater story of blessing and inspiring others.
I took a few minutes to note the specific ways I’ve been blessed this year and focused my mind on seeing the true blessings, especially the ones that I might have gotten used to and begun taking for granted. I needed to spend some time in prayer, thanking God for what he’s given me, its countless and believe me, the list just gets longer and longer.
Am I blessed? YES!! Should I keep the blessings for myself? NO!!!
Lord, help me to be a blessing to others I pray, I know I am not perfect, I know I can be difficult, I know that some just do not like me, I know its my failures but I pray, Lord help me to inspire others just as you bless me every minute.