A wish, expression, or gift for the wellbeing of another. It can become an act in favor of the one being blessed. Ezekiel 34:26 says, “I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing. And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessing” (NASB 1995).
Sometimes God blesses us through the hands of friends, relatives or even anonymous donors. The expression of a blessing is one I’ve heard many, many times. A friend of mine was an amputee and a youth director at a local church. He had only one leg and the other was a prosthesis. He had learned to walk very well with the prosthesis, sometimes unknown to others. He was handicapped and had a handicap placard that he kept in his car. Handicap placards are a blessing in themselves to those who need them. One day he parked in a handicap parking space and got out to go in the store. A lady saw him exit his car and walk towards the store and she didn’t even notice his prosthesis and immediately said, “You’re not handicapped, why are you parking there?” With a smile he quickly reached down, raised his pant leg up, and knocked on his leg like you would knock on a door and she heard the thud, thud, thud. Needless to say, she was quite embarrassed. He smiled and said, “That’s ok ma’am, it happens quite often.”
My friend was blessed beyond measure and he praised God daily for the fact that he had a prosthesis and was still able to serve God in his role. The following year my friend died from complications during surgery while still in his 30’s. He left behind a wife and young child. One of his favorite sayings was, “I just want to be a blessing.”
Wouldn’t be great if people had that kind of attitude every day. I know people have bad days and that’s normal. But if everyone would rise up in the morning and thank God for fact that first of all, they still have breath and can arise from bed. It doesn’t matter what time of the day you arise, it only takes a moment to whisper a prayer to God and thank Him for giving you breath and the ability to get up. For there are many who suffer infirmities and are unable to get up. Every Sunday I shake hands with a man at our church and he always says, “I still have breath and I’m able to stay above ground.” He says that with a smile and is always a joyful person.
Every day, whether we realize it or not, we receive a blessing from God. It is always a blessing to live another day. Now I just want to be a blessing to someone. Would you be a blessing to someone today? I pray God’s blessings for you today.