A great confusion over the idea of what constitutes a blessing. People use it for many things: It could be a new car, job, or relationship. It could be someone saved from a storm, given a raise, or a great birthday gift.
It can be a prayer offered from someone, or a response to someone sneezing.
What does it mean to be blessed?
Most frequently, when people say they are blessed, they are referring to physical “blessings”, Possessions are most often equated with blessing. When I have asked others what they have been blessed with, it most often turns into a list of their material possessions or their family and friends. Then if you visit instagram and/or twitter and look at the hashtag, blessed, you will see just how varied the idea of being blessed really is:
— Baboloki Thebe (@BbThebe_Oficial) September 15, 2017
— COMMON (@common) September 10, 2017
— Sarah Merced (@sarahhmerced) September 14, 2017
(The tweets above were just pulled as content examples and are not endorsements of the above Twitter users.)
Now, is it wrong for an athlete, a hip-hop artist, a college student, and others to refer to thankfulness and gifts as blessings?
The point of this post is to help us realize two things about being #blessed.
- Being blessed with something should produce a greater presence of humility and gratitude, not more pride and selfishness.It is easier for a blessing to expected, when the giver of that blessing is unknown.
- Recognize that any gift you receive, and relationship you have, any experience you enjoy comes from the giver of all good things.James 1:17a “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” As I recently celebrated the wedding of one of my closest friends, I got to celebrate the “blessing” of their new marriage. I too have been blessed with being married to my wonderful wife for two years! Ultimately we must recognize that every blessing is given by God.
We could then take this one step further and realize that the greatest blessing is to know the one who provides blessing.
We quickly and naturally thank someone who gives us a gift… may we grow to be just as quick to praise and thank God from whom all blessings flow.