I am seeing life from a different perspective lately.
It wasn’t a sudden realization of a new mindset or just a new, clear understanding of something I’d heard all my life, but never embraced.
Last year, I filled a trendy mason jar with slips of paper, intentional recordings of “good things” in 2014.
I ceremoniuosly opened the jar on January 1st, letting the little, wrinkly folded slips spill out onto my desk.
And I read each of the ” good things”…the blessings.
A trip with daughter.
A positive e-mail for my son.
A friend who understands me, a day of making an obedient choice.
I noticed, I’m afraid, that my attempt to be grateful was really just an exercise, an assignment, a self-imposed and empty chore.
Unfortunately, I felt no more blessed than before and I found myself striving just to figure out something to slip into the little jar.
And so, my word for 2015, “Blessed”
Not blessed because I can recall a couple of things that went my way or blessed because of something or someone or some break in a period of delay. Blessed, not because circumstances went the direction I wanted. Blessed as in God in His gracious mercy has unending favor for me.
Blessed, in that God says so.
Blessed, because I am loved and cherished by God.
Blessed, because God is good and has good for me, uniquely me.
Blessed, simply blessed and not just favored, but highly favored.
Blessed and excitedly anticipating God’s good.
I do have a new jar.
But, my little slips of paper, curly Q script, still pretty to look at will have sayings of “loved by God”, “held by God”, “protected by God”, “Blessed by God”, “Surrendered to God” or “Confidently waiting”.
Because God is so much bigger than just my circumstances!
Remembering and recalling the little things along the way still, but not with a dutiful tone.
But embracing, owning, believing without reservation and regardless of my circumstances….I am blessed by God and in His eyes, His bless-ed child.
Looking in the mirror at random and seeing “Blessed” in the blue of my eyes, the curve of my slight smile.
Blessed and bravely following Him, humbly, without fear, pursuing my Blessings, His faithful promises.
God will make this happen, for He who promised is faithful. I Thessalonians 5:24