Sunday, September 19, 2010

Being a blessing

"To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted,
and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult,
but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose
 that you might inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:8 & 9

This past week at ladies bible study we were discussing the idea of being a blessing. This is something that has seemed a little obscure to me. I am quite familiar with God blessing me. I see it happen over and over and over again! He gives to me abundantly in so many ways: love, salvation, family and friends, beauty around me, health, all that I need physically (plus way more!) and so much more.

 The idea of me being a blessing to others is not one that I have thought about as much however. I thought it might help if I looked up the word in the dictionary. Here is some of what is said under "blessing":  Approval, encouragement. A thing conducive to happiness or welfare. So I am getting the idea of bringing happiness, encouragement and help to others.

   The next step is to think about how I can practically do that. And who I really need to work at blessing. So on to the practical steps:
I can be a blessing by:
  • My attitude. A good, sweet and loving attitude is certainly going to be a blessing to others especially compared to being grumpy, uptight or angry.
  • My actions. I can bless others by helping them in however they need to be helped. I want to be on the lookout for little or big ways that I can serve others. This can be done for my husband, for my kids or even just opening a door for somebody at a store that has their hands full.
  • My words. Our words have a lot of strength in them. With them we can easily tear down or buildup. Encourage or discourage. I want to have words that bring others a blessing.
Who do I need to bless?
  • My husband. Ken has high priority in one that I need to bless.
  • My children.
  • My church family.
  • Friends and family.
  • Strangers.
Sometimes it can be just a smile or a kind word. Other times it can be a bit more involved and sometimes it is a life long project. But one thing I know it is a "project" that I want to work on. I truly do want to be a blessing in others lives. How about you?


Martha said...

I have thought about this a lot. I have heard people say, As Christians we may be the only Jesus the people around us may ever see. So, being a blessing in the ways you spoke of.

horse loving lineman's wife said...

Thanks for this post today, I really needed it more than you will ever know. Your words have touched me, and made me think!

From The Heart Online said...

Great thing to consider - how we impact others is of eternal importance.

One of my favorite things I recently heard a pastor say was "Everything you do matters". Yes!! That's right! A smile or a frown? That small decision could have eternal implications. - not something to be fearful about, or weighed down with guilt, not at all!! It's a freeing thing, actually - that we have behind us such power that can rescue people from the fires of hell - that these little things CAN make a difference if Jesus is the power in them. Amen to blessing others that they might also be blessed!


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