Thinking about 'being a blessing' can be pretty overwhelming. Does anyone remember that little song, "Make me a blessing"? It's really a prayer, asking God to help us be a blessing to someone who needs something. I googled this song to try and find the words, and I was surprised to find that there are many songs with this same title. The one I've pasted here was written by Fanny Crosby.
I like the fact that the desire here is to bless others out of the Spirit's leading. This is what I talked about last week in a blesser being someone who walks in the Spirit and displays the fruit of the Spirit's work in interactions with others.
What I fear is overwhelming to some of us, though, is the wondering. Who am I going to rub shoulders with today that I can bless? The prayer, 'Help me, Lord, not to miss out on someone who might need encouragement'. While looking for someone to bless is part of it I think we might be missing something.
The reality is that we have people in our lives everyday who need us to bless them. Searching for someone to bless is not the point of being a blesser. Being a blesser is about recognizing the people that are in our lives and living out the love of Christ to them on a daily basis.
We each live within a sphere of relationships: family, roommates, neighbors, co-workers, friends. It's within this sphere of daily relationships that I often find myself neglecting to bless.
Like my neighbors. When was the last time I went out of my way to serve them or to include them in my life? Friends from church or other social settings. Can I invite someone over to have a conversation, instead of just liking and commenting on their photos on Facebook? Or my family who live far away. In what ways can I continue to build those relationships and encourage, support, and love them when our lives only cross paths a few times a year? My husband and kids. This is where it really gets me. Yes, I take care of them--cook meals, make sure everyone has clean clothes--but am I actively finding specific ways to be a blesser to the people who are most precious to me?
Okay, so now that list was a little overwhelming at first glance. How in the world do I bless all of these people when I have so many other things to do?
It's a dying to self. This is why blessing others is so hard for me. I like myself. I like my time, my things, my comfort, my relaxation, my ideas, my whatever, you fill in the blank. Doing what is important to me is easy and if I'm not careful I can get so caught up with myself without even realizing it.
Everyday I have to put myself aside and allow God to fill me and honor others before myself.
It's what I tell my girls all the time when they aren't getting along, "Think of others before yourself", "Do unto others as you would have them do to you," "Serve each other in love."
This has to happen in my marriage, with my kids, my neighbors, my friends, the people at the store, the homeless man on the side of the road, the people who irritate me, my enemies if I have them.
Is it hard? Yes. Will I fail? All the time.
But I have the greatest example of one who blessed in this way.
Jesus, the servant of all, who in every way thought of others as more important than Himself. And by His humble service He blessed.
This is Day 21 of a series: Made to Pour, Living a life of Blessing