Thursday, August 30, 2007

Bless Me ... Bless Many

I just began Beth Moore’s Bible study, The Patriarchs. I was so touched by the week one, day one reading that I’d like to share a bit of it.

The lesson talks about Abram’s call to leave his country, his people and his father’s household and to go to the land that God would show him. Genesis 12:2-3 gives a list of “I will” statements from God, telling what all God will bless him with. Then at the end, it says, “…and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

My first thought was that we’re blessed because we’re his descendants. But Beth went a step further. She points out that God’s purpose in blessing one is to bless many. We’re blessed so we can bless!

Beth mentions spiritual gifts—using them to bless others. Also intelligence and skills, and finances. We’re to use them all to bless others. Then she had us make a list of our own. I’d like to tell you some of the blessings that I have that I want to share.

I’m extremely blessed with love and security, so I want to bless others with that. I’m blessed with children, so I guess what I can do is teach them to bless others. I’m blessed with a church family, so I’ll invite others to come and take part in that family. I’m blessed with a peaceful household, so I want to share that (have felt that desire already with my children’s friends who have rough home situations). And guess what else I’m blessed with… yep. I bet you thought of it. The ability to write. So I’ll use that to bless others.

Teaching my children to bless others reminded me that I’ve sometimes lacked the faith to let them go to follow God’s call on them. When my 17-year-old son first told me he wanted to go to Africa with the mission team, I gave a knee-jerk NO! I actually said to him, “No way.” He called me on it, of course. And my husband said that he was fine with our son going, but he left the decision up to me. So I angsted (yes, I’m making up a verb for how I fretted) for a week. One day, my son calmly told me he didn’t see how I could tell him no when he felt God calling him to go. Well, pooh. Why did he have to say that? It put me on a whole new path. I had to pray and cry and beg God to give me wisdom in the matter. And ultimately, this thought kept going through my mind: How can you tell him no if God has called him?

Now I’m going to look at those experiences as chances to let my children (my blessing) bless others. No more angsting. :) (Well, at least I’ll try not to.)

What are some of your blessings that you’d like to turn to blessings for others?

Missy

2 comments:

  1. No more angsting, huh? Lindi, Christy, you wanna help me hold her to that? :-)

    You're right, Missy. We spend so much time dwelling on the trivial things in life, we forget our blessing and how to bless others.

    I'm blessed with a wonderful, supportive, encouraging husand. I need to do more to minister to him and lift him up.

    I think all the FAITH girls would say that we are blessed with the gift of writing. And while I want to bless others with my written words, I also want to bless new writers. To help them hone their craft and encourage them so they can bless others with their stories, too.

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  2. Mindy, I think blessing new writers is a great thing to do!

    Missy

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