On being a blessing...
A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.
~ Proverbs 18:4
One of the easiest and remarkable things that we can do for others is to simply bless them. To speak kind words about someone, to acknowledge their gifts, and to recognize the times they have blessed your life as well. Years ago my grandmother would say, "The blessed one always blesses others."
She was right. And you know what? People want to be blessed!
I don't know of anyone who wants to spend their life being the center of gossip, accusations or being blamed for things that they are not responsible for. The world is full of all kinds of things that draw us away from the blessings that can exist.
If we spend our lives finding ways to bless others, it soons becomes an effortless habit. Even for some of the most difficult of people and circumstances!
Being blessed while being a blessing to others should come naturally from our hearts.
I can remember the first time I heard my own voice on a tape recorder as a young person and asking others, "Is that what I sound like?" None of us have really ever heard our own voice, or for that matter, ever truly seen our face, except for what is reflected in a mirror. When we hear within ourselves the voice of the Beloved calling us by name and blessing us, then the world becomes less of a distraction. It also become a way where people can truly see and hear us as well.
Listening to the still small voice will give way to the voice that is ours, and will lead us to a life that is not just a blessing to others, but is one that is blessed as well.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.