There is a theme surfacing.
Many people wonder about their purpose, how they can make a difference, have impact.
I’m one of those people. I think about how my presence can make a difference in the lives of others. Sometimes, I can find very practical ways to serve or provide something that is obviously needed. But at other times, it’s not so clear to me. I’m not really sure how to contribute in a particular situation.
I have flown on airplanes a lot. I usually pray as the plane takes off that God would protect us from disaster and catastrophe, if for no other reason than that one of His children (me) is on board. I would like everyone on the plane to be protected simply because God, my Father, is interested in protecting me.
Over the last few weeks, a phrase has been coming to mind to describe this ‘contribution’: blessed to be a blessing.
It’s not at all an original idea. Thousands of years ago, God spoke to an old man and said, “I will bless you…and so you shall be a blessing” (Gen 12:2).
There is a sense in which we can overflow the blessing of our lives onto, and into, the lives of others.
But let’s think about the phrase: blessed to be a blessing.
I suppose there’s two senses in which it can be true. In one sense, we may be blessed in order to be a blessing to others. As God’s ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20) we are to represent Him wherever we go. But He doesn’t send us into this work unequipped. We have the resources of His Kingdom available to us. He blesses us so that we can bless others, and thus accurately represent who He is in love and care.
But there is another sense we can consider: blessed to be a blessing. We may also see it as blessed because we are a blessing. There is a sense of joy and holy satisfaction at having the opportunity to meet the needs of others, to contribute to their well-being and to be a positive influence on their experience of life.
Taking these two senses together, we find ourselves in a virtuous cycle: God blesses us, we bless others, blessing others in turn blesses us, and so we are again blessed and eager to bless others….
I may not often know what to say, but thankfully, that’s not a requirement. I am blessed, and I can be a blessing. And so, I can jump into this virtuous cycle of service to others and internal joy, making a difference to them and having the impact that I have been created for.