Last night I spent some precious moments with two lovely women; the kind that make you feel like a better person just for having been in their company; the kind that speak insight and wisdom into your life. Even after we’d all retreated to our respective homes, I was still pondering some of the exhortations we exchanged, and marveling over the Divinely crafted synchronicities that caused our three lives to intertwine.
We had been in the midst of sharing stories from our lives the way that only women can -transparently, honestly, hopping effortlessly from one topic to another and back again, when a tasty nugget of a phrase captured my attention. In reference to handling an awkward family situation, one of the women said, “I just bless what I can bless.” As soon as I heard it, I knew I had to own it! It gave voice to an idea that has been simmering in my heart. To bless what we can, to look at every situation through the lens of what we can bless instead of what we can curse; to create a culture of valuing one another. Uncovering the point at which another deserves to be blessed with our words or our deeds, finding the blessing point and speaking it aloud, using words to heal, restore and speak life. Not just to our friends and family, but to our communities, our nation, and our world.
It is in my nature to see the best in others – sometimes to the point of seeing only their potential at the expense of seeing them for who they really are. It is not difficult for me to find the blessing point. What is difficult, is mustering the courage speak it. This is my challenge – to speak blessings to others as the opportunity presents itself, to have the courage and selflessness to pour out words of authentic blessing upon the souls of others. To be a blessing to those whose lives come in contact with mine – however brief or extended the encounter may be.
For some of us, the challenge might be finding the blessing point in the first place. Why not give it a try? The only thing you’ve got to lose are your toxic thoughts. Finding the blessing point is like dark chocolate for your mind. Can I get a witness?!
A final thought; blessing what you can bless implies that there are some things you cannot bless, but perhaps those things can be left un-cursed?
Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! Romans 12:14-16
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