For several years now, I have been signing all of my blogs with “Simply Blessed.” “M & M Creations” made me a lovely one for my office, and Steve made me a beautiful “Simply Blessed” sign that hangs over the back door going out to our deck. This morning as I gazed out the back door, my attention was caught by that sign. What does it mean to be “simply blessed?” Do I truly appreciate the blessings in my life? Am I a blessing to others?
I looked up “bless/blessed” in the dictionary, and Merriam-Webster defines it as “being hallowed or consecrated; to have happiness or prosperity conferred upon.” We are hallowed. Peter wrote, “He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. Because it is written, be ye holy; for I am holy” (I Peter 1:15-16). Peter further explained that Christians “are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (I Peter 2:9). Have you counted your blessings lately? Did you wake up in a comfortable bed? Millions of people sleep on the ground or the floor. Did you look through the kitchen to see what you wanted to eat for breakfast? Think of those who are truly hungry. I could go on and on – oh, how we are blessed.
But, let’s flip the coin, so to speak – if you’re blessed, are you a blessing to others? Are people happy to “run into you” at the store? Do your co-workers feel blessed to work with you? Are you “nice?” Are you willing to stop everything and listen? Are you willing to help those in need? Do you share the blessings that you’ve been given with others? Our greatest blessing is God’s Word – are you sharing it as “ye go into all the world?” (Mark 16:15)
May we not be only be “simply blessed,” but may we also be a “blessing” to others. Courtney