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Blessed to Bless

    I tell you the truth, any one who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward. MARK 9:41

    There is a lovely circle here to look at. To begin with, when we go out of our way to bless another person, that person is greatly encouraged and uplifted.To see that person blessed, actually blesses us too. When we give a small gift to a child, or a helping hand to a frail friend, the joy we feel inside and the satisfaction we receive in giving is an incredible blessing to ourselves. So as the child or frail friend receives a blessing, so do we.

    Christ, of course, blesses us first, so that we may be a blessing to others. The impact we make in a simple, kindly gesture of blessing, comes back to us and gives our life extra meaning and at the end of the day we can look back, knowing we have helped someone. It is a truly beautiful, Godly feeling.

    Start each day with pleasant words of kindness as you greet your nurse, or your spouse, your neighbour or the person you meet in the corridor as you walk to breakfast. A cheerful greeting blesses us all and achieves much more that a stern, gruff, severe grumpiness.

    Encourage at least one person each day. You are Jesus' representative here in this lifetime, wherever you live. So attempt in every way you can to lift hearts that are weighed down.

    Ask God to help you be genuinely interested in others and in their lives. Ask how your friend is feeling, find out their interests, their troubles, their joys. This helps to lift us out of thinking just of our own needs and problems too. It also gives us opportunities to pray for the needs of others.

    All of us have fragile and delicate feelings, and we all respond to tenderness. Take time to bless others with your tender heart. As your tenderness, your encouraging words and thoughtful deeds are given to those around you, remember that you are offering your life as a gift to God. He sees what we do in secret and will reward us. We work for God and try to bless and please Him first and foremost.

    Jesus states frequently in the Scripture that the acts of kindness no-one may notice or appreciate are the very ones that God will reward most highly. God sees and God is blessed. God will reward you for faithfully blessing those around you. When you reach Heaven, God your Father will say to you....."Well done, my good and faithful servant.............. You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. " (Matt. 25 : 23.) and "I tell you the truth," says Jesus. "Whatever you did for the least of one of these my brothers of mine, you did for Me." (Matt. 25 : 40.)

    Phil Ware once said......"Let's live to be a blessing. When we do, God is blessed. We are blessed. We bless others. In addition, when others are gracious to us, God has also promised to bless them. God pours His blessings out on all of us. In God's miraculous economy, the more we bless each other, the more blessings there are for everyone."

    PRAYER.....of Phil Ware.........................Gracious and loving Father. please use me this week to be a blessing to everyone around me. But this week, dear Father, please lead me into the life of someone who desperately needs your Grace. Please give me discernment to see them when you bring them across my path. Give me courage to reach out and bless them. Keep them on my heart and help me as I seek to be a long-term blessing to them. In Jesus' name I ask for your help and grace to use this opportunity for your Glory. AMEN.

    SONG: Make Me A Blessing.

    © 2004 Christine M. Jones

    Droplets from Life

    Christine Jones is married to David. She has two adult children and precious grandchildren. She has worked for many years as a school teacher/librarian, and written children's material for several years in her 'spare time'. She loves nature, music and the theatre.

    John Mark Ministries