Sometimes we need to be reminded. Life isn’t for our comfort. The sole purpose of our life is not for God to make things easy for us, or comfortable, or even pleasant all the time.
The sole purpose of our life is to glorify God.
Even when things aren’t comfortable.
Especially when things aren’t comfortable.
I’ve been contemplating the term “blessings” lately. So many people equate blessings with stuff. Or with things feeling good and pleasurable. You know, the warm fuzzies.
I sign my emails, “blessings and joy.” I say it when I end my podcasts. Yet, what do I mean by that? Do I mean God is going to answer your prayers and rain down “stuff “on you? Or He is going to give you an easy life? Do I equate blessings only with pleasures? Material items?
When I wish you blessings and joy I am hoping you have the ultimate blessing.
We say we want to be blessed and we wish blessings on others, but we are already blessed. We already have the only blessing there really is- knowing Jesus.
If our prayers don’t get answered our way, when we have nothing left in the bank account, when the doctor doesn’t give us the answer we were hoping for- we are still blessed if we have Jesus.
And in Jesus there is joy.
No matter what swirls around us.
My friend works with the people in Haiti and visits often. She often describes how much joy they have, yet in our earthly terms (or maybe American?) they have very little. Yet they worship, fully, and they live each moment in pure thanksgiving….because they have life in Jesus.
So may we not equate blessings with things. Sometimes I look around my home and our property and our life here at Love’s Farm and I declare how blessed we are. But may I never equate what He has given me with the blessing. May I equate Who He is with the blessing. And what He has done for me on the cross.
Because the truth is, if tomorrow He takes it all away from me, I am still blessed. And I can still have joy.
I have Jesus.