Have you ever been blessed? Perhaps someone gave you an unexpected gift or sent a message at just the right time. Blessings bring encouragement. Blessings help us know we are noticed and sometimes can even a save a life. Blessings matter!
After being inspired by watching a video where a man paid for people’s groceries. The man would pay for someone else’s groceries, tell them God is good, and walk away. The recipient would be left stunned at the kindness of a stranger. The impact on their lives was obvious and beautiful. I wanted to join in the beauty of that blessing, to encourage someone, lift their spirits, and tell them they are loved by God.
Years ago, I posted a blessing game on my website, asking if my readers would prayerfully consider joining me in the blessing game. I asked them to take a moment to send someone a blessing by sending a note or calling, or helping someone in need. Sadly, it seemed very few noticed. I even gave away a $25.00 Amazon gift card. I tried to bless, but not many would enter, and it made me so sad. Then I thought of how God blesses us and yet so very few notice His blessings.
Every single moment of every single day, God holds out the blessings of an amazing sunrise. God blesses with beating hearts and breath for each day. God blesses with provision and blesses and blesses and blesses and blesses. Because of God’s nature, because He is love, He keeps sending blessings EVERY. Single Moment. Of EVERY single day.
As God blesses, will you bless others because God has blessed you? Who can you bless?
“Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that. I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.” ~ Luke 6:31-36 (MSG)