Blessed to Bless
January 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

Have you been blessed? What’s your reaction to that question? Is it easy to see how and how much you’ve been blessed? Or is it difficult, especially with so many people around who’ve been blessed more? All of us have been blessed (Genesis 1:28). In one way or another, do you have a job, some money, enough to eat, a safe place to live, family, some friends, a church, or an education? It may be in unique ways and in varying degrees, but we’ve all been blessed . . . abundantly.

So how then should we think about these blessings? I mean, how can we reconcile the fact that we’ve been blessed with so much—so much more than others alive right now in other parts of this country and around the world? The only way to think about our blessings is to view them as means to bless others. We are blessed to bless others. Knowing what we do about God and about his intentions for us (Matthew 22:36-39), how could we ever conclude otherwise? How could we ever conclude that we’ve been blessed simply so that we may live in comfort, security, and in isolation? We must view these blessings as personal invitations into God’s much greater story of blessing other people.

This is my prayer: Jesus, help me to take a few minutes to note the specific ways you have blessed me. Focus my mind on seeing the true blessings, especially the ones that I might have gotten used to and begun taking for granted. Thank you God for what you given me, help me to see how I may use it to be a blessing to others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.