This thought occurred to me recently that many times we will say something along the lines of “Have a great day and be blessed” or simply “Be blessed” to someone when we are attempting to wish them well. However, as I thought about this, I also thought about a recent sign I saw that said “God Bless America” and yet another one that said “God Will Bless America – When America Blesses God.” So all these thoughts started to converge in my mind and created the title above as a simple phrase that I hope will catch on.
Be Blessed By Being A Blessing – what does that really mean? Well, we all crave blessings don’t we? I mean after all who desires to be down in the dumps and trampled upon. We are all in the pursuit of happiness aren’t we? Since we often consider blessings as something happy and good, we should really understand what the word means.
Blessing by definition is help believed to come from God, approval or good wishes. In other words it’s something to be glad about or relieved by.
Now, knowing that, who wouldn’t want God’s help (if not continuously, at least occasionally) and who wouldn’t want something to be glad about or to have their difficulties relieved. I think we’d all step up and say I’ll take some of that please!
When we experience God’s help we often call that a miracle. But the true definition of a miracle is an event that appears to be contrary to the laws of nature, is amazing, extraordinary, or unexpected, or is something admired as a marvelous example. With this comprehension of a miracle and the knowledge that God chooses to work through people to manifest His existence, since many would scoff at his random appearing in our midst (He actually tried that over 2000 years ago and they crucified him for his claim of deity), this means that in order for other’s to receive God’s miracles or blessings we must deliver them.
That’s right, we get to be involved in the work of God and more importantly, we get to bring the blessings of God to others. How cool is that – right! So think about it for a moment, if all we’re doing is telling others to be blessed, how can that really happen, if we don’t go out of our way to do something for them that would indeed create a blessing in their life. In other words, the mere words carry no weight and they fall flat. Someone can’t be blessed simply by us telling them to be so. We must do something for them that shows them that God wants to help them out, that God wants to relieve their difficulties.
If we reap what we sow (which is a well known law of nature), then when we bless others by helping them out, God is sure to send others our way, who will in turn bless us. That’s how you indeed receive your blessings. Therefore, if you want to be blessed you in turn need to be a blessing to someone else. In fact, what you will discover is that as you help someone else out, you begin to feel good about being a blessing and you worry less about your own needs being met, which is actually a separate blessing in and of itself. Actually then, by being a blessing, you become doubly blessed!
How can we remember this simple idea that to be blessed means that we need to bless others on a regular basis? Well, it’s just like taking vitamins. Vitamins you say – Yes, when you take vitamins, your body begins to break down the ingested vitamin and portion out what is needed, then it excretes the excess. Now, you don’t feel better instantaneously when you take a vitamin but rather over time, if you take the vitamins daily, your body begins to feel and respond better. The vitamins, however, only take effect and become useful when the body moves and functions, as it was originally designed to do. In other words, if you take the vitamins and then sit on the couch all day, the vitamins are not going to respond they way they should. You need to combine action with the vitamins in order to get them going to the right parts of your body via the blood stream, muscle, nerve, tissue and other cell interactions. So here you go: Blessings you need are the vitamins, blessing others is the action that releases the desired effects upon your life, personality, family, friends and other relationships you have and over time you will begin to see the results of blessing others as your life becomes healthier and more blessed than you could have imagined.
This is why I subtitled the article “Your B5 Vitamins” – there are 5 “B”s in the phrase Be Blessed By Being A Blessing and we’ve made the connection with vitamins above, but here’s one more tid bit for you in hopes that this will stick with you. The number 5 represents grace. If you study the Bible long enough, you will begin to see that God communicates some things to us in numbers. Not that I am advocating numerology here, I’m simply pointing out that there is something interesting with the number 5 because of its relationship to grace. When we bring the blessings of God to others it is a live demonstration of the grace of God in their lives and so that grace becomes real and active to them. But you see grace is like an oil that also remains on the vessel bestowing it. You can’t help but get some on you when you share it.
Therefore, I would like to encourage you today to pour some out on those around you. Simply ask God for direction of how you can help someone else in need and you will begin to get simple ideas of ways you can be a blessing and in turn you too will be blessed.
God Bless - Rick (I hope I've blessed you with this information)