Blessing – The bestowal, declaration, or invocation of divine favor and prospering influence; consecration hallowing ; a favor, a present.
I recently came across some writings of John Green who is a social activist in Chicago. His primary mission is to fight human trafficking. In his book, Street Walking with Jesus, he says, “The degree to which I am blessed staggers me… the degree to which I take that for granted shames me.” Green works with some desperately down and out people on the streets, and it struck him how nonchalant he was about the many blessings he had been given in life. Most of us are lot like Green about the blessings we have received. I often wonder why?
We do not see or realize our blessing because we just expect to be blessed. Many of us have had no real deep-seated difficulties to work out in our lives. For many of us, our greatest problems were self-inflicted perhaps because of our ego or selfish pride, still others by our greed. Amid living in that mode we seldom see what has been given to us.
We have been blessed by being given a place to live, a roof over our head. We have been blessed by having family and friends. We have been blessed by having a church where we can worship God and enjoy the company of like-minded people. We have presumed that these things are just natural.
The challenge for today is to reexamine our lives and become people who are searching for the blessings that surround us. It is quite common in the South to have a cashier at any store says these words, “Have a blessed day.” I know for them may be just a habit, but to me it has become an inspirational reminder. The amount I am blessed everyday is proportional, not only to my actions, but to my awareness.
Awareness of blessing is a task for most of us, because we were trained to be problem solvers. We only look for the problems of the day and completely overlook the blessings. It is quite American to just fix things. Sometimes fixing things begins with the awareness of blessing.
Take the time to watch the sunrise and sunset, see the beauty of the flowers that surround you and feel the breeze that crosses your face. These are all natural blessings that God has sent our way. Count your friends , family, church community or any support group that has come your way and thank God for the blessings that you have received through them.
We are surrounded by the blessing of God. Let us relish it!
― Charles Dickens
When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.
― C.S. Lewis
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
― Thomas Paine
The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.
― Henry Ward Beecher
When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness… all the good things.
― Maya Angelou
Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.
― Thomas Goodwin
Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons.
― Mother Teresa
God bless us, every one!
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
The degree to which I am blessed staggers me… the degree to which I take that for granted shames me.
― John Green- Street Walking with Jesus
If [God] send me no husband, for the which blessing I am at him upon my knees every morning and evening .
― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.
~~ Ephesians 1:3-4
all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the Lord your God:
The Lord will make you the head, and not the tail; you shall be only at the top, and not at the bottom—if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today, by diligently observing them,
By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
Those who are attentive to a matter will prosper,
and happy are those who trust in the Lord.
His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
~~2 Peter 1:3
Happy are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the Lord.
Happy are those who keep his decrees,
who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways
May those who sow in tears
reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
carrying their sheaves.
And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.
~~2 Corinthians 9:8
Lord, Give me the insight to recognize the blessings that you have given to me this day. Allow me to see that you have so much more in store for me than I can ever imagine. Guide me to ask for the blessings that you want to give to me. Grant me the courage to believe that you are truly a God of love and grace.