“Bless You”

"Blessing is the projection of good into the life of another." – Dallas Willard

For many of us, the words “bless you” or “God bless you” are just casual words that we speak to another when they sneeze or when we greet a person. To have such a casual position on these profound words weakens the impact that they can have on another person’s life. As followers of Christ, we are to be points of constant blessings to those with whom we interact. This goes far beyond a phrase that we repeat when someone sneezes.

A blessing is more than just mere words; it is an act of grace. A blessing is putting forth your will for the good of another person. To bless someone means appealing to God on their behalf to support the good that you desire for them, because only God is capable of bringing a true blessing to their life. So we say, “God bless you.” My four year old son asks me all the time to pray a blessing over him. This touches his life in an amazing way. When I’m done with my blessing, he gives me a big hug and says, “thank you, daddy!” Maybe being a blessing in someone’s life is as easy as a phone call or a visit. Perhaps you can bless someone by forgiving them.

A blessing is a profoundly personal and powerful act. My hope is that each of you will be a blessing in the life of another. Imagine being a person who is characterized and identified as a person of blessings. Wouldn’t that be amazing? So, my hope is that you will be a person of great blessing and that blessings will surround your life because of the goodness and the grace of God.

This week, think of someone who is a blessing to you. What makes them a blessing in your life? Send them a note telling them how they have blessed you. Then keep the blessing flowing by becoming a person of blessing to those in your life. You can do this by praying for them. Perhaps you can bless someone by forgiving them. Whatever your blessing to another looks like, take the time to do it and let your life be characterized as a person of blessings.

~ Tim Hall https://twitter.com/1timothy12 (I encourage feedback, questions & comments - email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)