“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10
When you say or hear the word “blessed” what is the first thing that comes to mind?
How do we measure blessedness anyway?
Does being blessed only comes in big and beautiful packages? Where everything comes easy, with no pain, is free of sufferings, no worries and no tears. Where everything falls in the right place at the right time just when you need it to be. Where God answers your prayers just the way you want and need it to be?
You say – not everything comes easy to me. Life to me seems always a struggle. Full of trials. I hurt. I suffer. I cried. It seems a never-ending battle with poverty, with pain, with sickness, with hunger, with the need to belong, the need to be accepted. You struggle with the need to keep doing what is good, what is right, what is just – because it seems like it’s not good enough?
You ask? Can He hear me?
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2
Does He love me?
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
“Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.” Matthew 5:3-12 (The Message)
What about you, I know you are blessed (in many ways) and I would love to hear!
Will you join me in counting our blessings?
Linking with my blogging friend Barbie @ My Freshly Brewed Life.
All good things,