Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Giving the Blessing
Numbers 6:24-26 are some of my favorite verses:
“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance toward you and give you peace.
I read recently that the home is the arena where blessings will most often touch our hearts and lives with the greatest repercussions. Yes, I know that blessing our children isn’t some magical formula to guarantee spiritual or physical well being. But, to leave a heritage of many spoken blessings is one of the wisest and most loving things we can do for our children. In fact, for anyone - spouse, family members, friends.
I have read and reread the The Gift of the Blessing by Gary Smalley. He talks about 5 ways that we can bless others. If you have not read it, I encourage you to do so.
From his book and from other articles I’ve read I would like to share with you three of the most powerful ways to give a blessing to our children and to others:
1. Meaningful Touch.
a. People of all ages need meaningful touch. And, Dads, our children particularly need it from their father. In Genesis 27:26 we find that when Isaac blessed Jacob, an embrace and a kiss were involved.
b. Men and women need 8-20 meaningful touches a day just to maintain emotional and physical health.
c. Touch presents a picture of transferring blessing from one person to another.
2. Spoken and written word.
a. Words have incredible power. They can build us up or tear us down emotionally. Most of us can remember words of praise spoken to us years ago. Others can remember negative words they heard and it still bears too much weight.
b. Psalm 18:21, Solomon writes “death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
c. Proverbs 3:27, 28, Solomon writes ‘do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.’
d. For someone in search of a blessing, silence communicates confusion. When people are left to fill in the blanks of how someone feels about them, it often leads to insecurity and feeling of no value.
3. Acts of kindness.
a. Sometimes it's the little things that really help perk up a person's day. What seems trivial to you may really help out a person in need.
b. Send a note of appreciation thanking the other person for help they gave you. Or send an email or ecard or text if you aren't into hard copy letters any more. Just a few seconds will let that person know you care and truly appreciated what they did for you.
c. Pray for another. You can be silent or pray out loud with that person. Either way, asking for God's help is one of the best things you can do.
The blessing is not about if they deserve or don’t deserve it, it’s about our making a choice to give the blessing.
So today, I encourage you to take a few minutes and pray for and then write a blessing to someone God brings to mind.