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Monday, July 18, 2011

Be the Blessing

Scripture to reflect upon: 1 Thessalonians 4:18
Therefore encourage each other with these words.

Two weeks ago I challenged my facebook readers to post on ten of their friends’ profiles something encouraging. The most important part about my challenge was that they do it “first thing in the morning.” Why did I ask that?

Let me just share a comment that was left on one of my postings: “Wow! That’s what I call a good morning!”

When we are blessed first thing in the morning, it will dictate how we face the day and others. I’m sure many who got blessed through this simple act also said or did something nice for someone else in the day.

But there’s more to it than that. By being the blessing, you will be blessed, too. I woke up that morning and said a quick, “Thank You, Lord” prayer and immediately went to my computer (I very rarely do that). I took the quiet time I usually have with God and wrote on over twenty profiles with words of encouragement, thoughts on how I value them, or simply an, “I love you.” It took me about forty minutes, but while I was doing it I noticed that I was overcome with joy! It was such a great way to start my day—by blessing others and expecting nothing in return.

The memories I shared with friends sparked such happiness inside of me. Recalling why they are my friends in the first place is something I should always keep at the forefront of my mind, and this was a great way to do that. Sometimes we lose sight of why we have certain people in our lives. I also contacted some people I hadn’t talked to in months, and it was a pleasant surprise for them.

As I was finishing up on facebook, Tavin was waking up so I wanted to get a few quick moments in prayer before I got him out of bed. I went to my chair and sat before God and thanked Him for what He did in me that morning. He blessed me for being the blessing. I felt so incredibly happy. I was ready to face my day and any obstacles that came my way.

If you participated, I hope that the challenge was rewarding for you, too! If you didn’t participate, give it a try tomorrow morning—first thing!

NOTE TO SELF: Being the blessing will always leave you feeling blessed, too.

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