Peter Lord was our special guest at Crossroads last weekend. Whenever he comes, he teaches us to say, “I am blessed and very much so.” I never really got that until I read his book, Bless and Be Blessed. There he explains that we don’t understand blessing until we receive the blessing of God.
I am learning what blessing is. Typically when I think of blessing, I think of health, friends, material provisions, and pleasant circumstances. But Peter explains that to bless means to eulogize. God speaks good words over me. The blessing is always there in Christ; I’m learning to receive it moment by moment. He speaks his love, his mercy, his hope, his pleasure over me. God speaks to me and about me. He blesses me. I am learning to receive it.
I am blessed and very much so.
Knowing that God speaks well of me lifts me to a higher plane of living. Knowing that God is blessing me as I breathe, lets that blessing overflow from me to others. Living in his blessing saves me from being critical, judgmental, hurried and defensive. It takes the focus off myself, and puts it on Jesus and others.
Sounds familiar: Love God, love your neighbor.
I am blessed!