Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. Proverbs 11:25
Blessing can be both a verb and a noun. Just now I’m thinking of blessing as an action that we intentionally do to bring encouragement or joy to someone else. Too much of the time we are intent on being the recipient of a blessing, but “to whom much is given, much will be required” (Luke 12:48).
Willie, one of our church’s college ministers, joined me for lunch last week. Willie was telling me how much he enjoys working with young people on campus and said that part of his assignment is to intentionally bless someone every day. I asked if that would continue with him after he moved to his next assignment. With a look of astonishment, he replied, “Yes, I’m trying to make that a habit.”
I think blessing was so much a part of Jesus’ nature that he didn’t have to think about it. His being exuded compassion, kindness, mercy, forgiveness, love, and all the wonderful characteristics to which we aspire. Jesus didn’t have to think about blessing because he was a blessing. Goodness flowed from him, and people were changed.
Today during a work session, Susan told us about a teacher who had taken an interest in her father, a first generation American whose father was a coal miner. Not only did the teacher watch over her father when he was in her class, but she followed his career throughout school, encouraging him to go on to university. World War II interrupted the young man’s senior year with a draft notice, and he petitioned the university to let him test out of his last semester to receive his diploma. The school was agreeable with one caveat: He had pay $16 for the testing fee, a fortune to this struggling young man. Somehow, the teacher heard of the need and blessed her former student with the funds needed for testing. He repaid her confidence by passing the test and later repaying the $16.
Often, we may not know when we are blessing, but that doesn’t exempt us from presenting ourselves every day for service to the Lord – menial or grand. Just a cup of cold water will have its reward and can make a big difference to a thirsty person.
Father, open my myopic eyes to all the needs around me. Cause me to freely and willingly give of myself as a reflection of you. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.