Intentional Blessing

As many of my regular readers know, I often wake up with a distinct song in my mind. Many times these songs—which I believe are God-given—prepare me for my day. (I know it may seem like an unusual way for the Holy Spirit to speak to someone, but, hey, it works for me!)

Today’s song is an old hymn. One part of it goes like this…

Out in the highways and byways of life,
many are weary and sad;  
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife,
making the sorrowing glad.
Make me a blessing, make me a blessing,
Out of my life may Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray,
Make me a blessing to someone today.

I want to be a blessing to others, but I don’t want to be an “accidental” blessing.

I think it’s a good habit to pray through my day before the day even gets started. I can then begin to think about my coworkers, my breakfast appointments, my board meetings, my classmates, my friends, even my family. I can begin to pray specifically for those interactions that God will give me the specific words to say in that moment that will bring the greatest blessing.

Of course, there will often be those unplanned interactions where you can bless someone. But let’s make sure we’ve done our part to be ready for those planned interactions.

I pray that you are letting Jesus shine out of your life and that you are being an intentional blessing to someone today!

2 Responses to “Intentional Blessing”

  1. Carla Says:

    That is one of my favorite songs! Often I sing it on my way to my next assignment. I never know what the need of the client will be and whether what I do will impact him. But I believe that if I can in some way bless that person in that encounter, then that is my calling. I also like to sing it before I have to go pay a bill, or get groceries. Some of those workers get lots of criticism during a day. A kind or encouraging word or a compliment or word of thanks, can be just the “blessing” needed to raise the spirit. Isn’t it neat that God gave us this power? thanks for the reminder.


  2. Chad Says:

    Craig, this happens to me quite often. This morning I woke up with the words to a classic hymn within the Church of the Nazarene, “Holiness Unto the Lord”:

    “Called unto holiness,” church of our God,
    Purchase of Jesus, redeemed by His blood;
    Called from the world and its idols to flee,
    Called from the bondage of sin to be free.

    “Holiness unto the Lord” is our watchword and song.
    “Holiness unto the Lord” as we’re marching along.
    Sing it, shout it, loud and long,
    “Holiness unto the Lord,” now and forever.

    “Called unto holiness,” children of light,
    Walking with Jesus in garments of white;
    Raiment unsullied, nor tarnished with sin;
    God’s Holy Spirit abiding within.

    “Called unto holiness,” praise His dear Name!
    This blessed secret to faith now made plain:
    Not our own righteousness, but Christ within,
    Living, and reigning, and saving from sin.

    “Called unto holiness,” bride of the Lamb,
    Waiting the Bridegroom’s returning again!
    Lift up your heads, for the day draweth near
    When in His beauty the King shall appear.


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