"A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished." Proverbs 28:20
I've been thinking a lot about blessings lately. It seems like God is heaping them on our heads these days & we're just soaking them all in. I think God gives blessings to us even when it doesn't seem like we deserve them as well. But its when we receive those blessings with a thankful heart that they become so rewarding.
In our weak & broken down faith, God has been giving & giving to my husband & I these past couple years. We are finally coming to a point where the weakness & brokenness in our faith is subsiding. And we are seeing God's graciousness in all the blessings He has showered us with. We live rather simple & content lives. We love the outdoors. We love to play. We love moments together as a couple. And He has granted us gifts of the things we love over & over again. Like the gift of calming waters on Saturday so I could go play in my kayak in the Great Outdoors and found my place to have quiet time with the Lord while I was there. So many blessings like this. He gives & gives.
On Sunday, our pastor delivered a powerful message that seemed a bit pivotal for both of us. The part that is standing out most is the acronym for NOW. No Opportunities Wasted. With all the blessings we have, God has given us plenty of opportunities to do stuff for Him. To share our blessings. To share His love. To spend time. To help out. To give. To receive. To get to know. To smile. To comfort. How many opportunities come & go without us moving toward them? We can be capable of the faith to receive those blessings. So if we are so blessed by God, what can we do for Him? Opportunities are in front of you, in front of me, all the time. I'm abounding in blessings, how about you? NOW I want to find a way to bless others.