“Every morning, I ask God to make me a blessing to someone today.” says my friend Dave.
A simple prayer. A curious prayer. A potentially dangerous prayer.
Counting my blessings is a spiritual discipline I have long practiced, because a habit of gratitude makes sense to me on every level. I am more likely to see God’s hand at work in my life when I am actively watching for it. In many ways, we see what we expect to see.
Yet the idea of actively looking for ways to BE a blessing, a practice inspired by my friend Dave, is a relatively new intention for me.
My Bible tells me God wants to give us blessings. In fact, God delights in giving good gifts to His children. When I count my blessings, I am overwhelmed with gratitude by the abundance. Counting my blessings is good for me and brings my heart closer to God.
Yet, I sometimes get frustrated by the use of the word blessing among people of faith, as if God is handing out party favors to His favorites. I get squirmy with the implication we somehow earned a prize by signing up for the right club.
By contrast, I am energized and challenged by the idea that I am blessed to BE a blessing, the Kingdom of God in action. God's pouring in requires, invites, and equips my pouring out. Click To Tweet As we begin to watch for opportunities to be part of God’s blessing brigade, we find the possibilities are endless.
Joining my friends at Five Minute Friday today writing about the word BLESSING. In the comments below, tell us one way you can #BeABlessing in your world today.