What the Hell is a Blessing, Anyway?

The most sensible thing for me to do right now would be to update our readers on the campaign.  I’d rather watch the Carolina Gamecocks win the national championship on a bed of nails. It’s SO yesterday anyway.

But really, we get it.  Some of you are excited.  You are 100% with us and we are as excited as all get out.  Some of you don’t actually read any of our stuff, but ask really crazy questions.  We actually had someone ask if we were atheists…seriously.  Some of you think that we are dangerously leading people astray.  That’s a little weird considering all we talk about is Jesus being the hero that we need so desperately.

Putting all of that aside, we truly are appreciative of the support.  It’s been incredible to see how many people not only say they are with us,  but have showed it by volunteering and/or giving.

But, I don’t want to talk about that anymore.  Can I take a break?  I’m going to take a break.


Blessings. What the Hell Are They?

Christians mention blessings constantly. Look at these common “blessing” statements.

“Lord, bless us.”

“Man, I feel blessed.”

“Wow, dude you are blessed and highly favored for sure.”

“Wow.  What a blessing!”

I don’t want to try and provide answers right now.  I want to ask you a few questions.

Think on this for me:  James 1:2-3 and 1 Peter 1:7 both make it absolutely clear that trials are blessings.

So, with that in mind why don’t we look at those “blessing” statements again. . . . . .

Okay, did you check them out?  I really want you to.  Read them again.

All of these would be said after something really good had just gone down.  That dude found himself a great spouse.  This girl landed a new job.  My brother bought a new house.  I made a ton of great friends.

I certainly don’t want to allude to any of these not being blessings, but…

1.  What if the marriage ends in divorce?

2.  What if the job takes too much time away from her family?

3.  What if the new house straps you too thin financially?

4.  What if some of your friends turn out to become enemies?

Do all of those things cease to be blessings?  I personally think it would become more of a blessing.

I think we see “the things of this world” as obvious blessings because this world is what we know, see, touch and experience. God clearly has other thoughts on this matter when you realize His disciples proclaim profound blessings throughout their lives of torture, persecutionand martyrdom.

Only God knows what a blessing is.  Sometimes, hindsight allows us to see them after the fact.


Two last thoughts:

1.  God promises that He would bring good out of everything we experience (Romans 8:28).  Thus, having millions of dollars can be a blessing that God uses to further bless others.  Or, it could be a terrible curse that God eventually brings good from.

2.  God used Peter to tell us that we actually already have everything we need just by knowing Jesus (2 Peter 1:3).

Guys and girls, I have to apologize.  I originally said I wouldn’t provide any answers, but I can’t help myself.

Those that know Jesus ARE blessed.

We sinned,  He saved us.  We still sin, He still loves us.  He works good out of all things (Romans 8:28), and we have an eternal existence waiting for us because of His great sacrifice.

What in the hell else do we want?

We have very warped views of our lives on earth.  Something that we call a blessing might actually be the worst thing to ever happen to us.  Maybe those trials that we cry out against are actually major blessings.

The most spiritual growth I’ve ever experienced was through deep clinical depression, and I imagine soon, I’ll see the personal blessing from the recent tragic loss of my friend.

Let’s not forget that the greatest blessing (our salvation) was a result of the worst curse in the history of mankind, when God died on a cross (Galatians 3:13)

What do you think?

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