“The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.” Proverbs 11:25 (New King James Version, Holy Bible)
In today’s reading about Proverbs 11 for my Our Daily Bread devotional, the verse I decided to focus on most was verse 25 . The reason I focused on that verse in particular is a graphic I found on Pinterest that someone made which said: “Be a blessing to someone today.” Obviously, that’s a conjecture based on that verse. However, it is a really good message.
So, how can you be a blessing to someone today? I’ve talked a lot recently in my private journaling that one of my biggest issues I’ve had over my life is Pride. I’ve realized that I use the word “proud” a little bit too much. Honestly, I think that we all use the word “proud” too much for our own good.
Actually, I began to realize this some time ago. So, instead of being “proud” about something I’ve done or gained, I instead say that I have been “blessed” to be able to do that thing or get that thing. It takes the focus off of yourself and puts it instead on the source of the thing, which of course, is God, who is Everything.
For example, let’s say I’m proud of the work that I’ve done today on my website. That makes the work completely self-centered, like that you came up with this all by yourself. You’re all so wonderful… but, then, no one looks on your piece of !@#$. Then, you feel like garbage.
So, now, I prefer to consider instead: “Hey, I’ve been blessed with the ability, knowledge, and perspective to be able to create this content to share with others “ By turning what you were proud about into a blessing that has been bestowed upon you, it completely changes your perspective. It makes you a lot more humble, because not everyone is necessarily blessed with the same talents as you are.
Really, it’s important to understand the true source of these talents and be able to put things into perspective when those talents seem to be going underappreciated or underutilized. There’s always more going on or more that you’re missing that you simply don’t know yet. Sometimes, we never will know the reasons something happens, and you just have to trust God will fit into His plan.
So, who can you bless today? I see all the struggles everyone is going through, especially with the ongoing COVID crisis. Really, the best I can do is offer encouragement. Financially, I’m very tied up at the moment. But, that’s one really great thing about social media. You can really make someone’s day very easily for no cost at all.
I made it a point recently to encourage at least one person a day. To be honest, I should just spend all my time when I’m not working encouraging people. It’s easy, free, and stores up spiritual treasures in heaven.
So, if you don’t have anyone in mind to lift up, just choose a random stranger who seems to be having a bad day. You may be surprised at the response that you get. But, don’t just pat yourself on the back. Praise God that you are able to lift up your fellow brother, sister, or nonbinary peer. Pray for that person, whether he or she is a Christian or not.
Who can you be a blessing to today? How can you best serve others?
Have any prayer requests? Drop them below so that I and my angels may intercede for you!
~ Amelia Grace Phoenix Desertsong <3