We live in the south where if someone sneezes in public it becomes a competition to see who can say, “Bless You” the fastest. Or when we are talking about someone and the phrase, “Bless their heart” is spoken in a soft tone that it means awwwww. I was recently asked the question how can I live my life in way that is a blessing to others?
This person wasn’t talking about just smiling at someone and making them happy, but they wanted to know how they could have an impact on the people in their life everyday in such a way that it blesses them. I was pondering the answer in thought and prayer and I came to the conclusion, shouldn’t all of us as Christians strive to bless the people in our everyday lives.
As disciples of Christ we are called to live questionable lives. That means that we are called to live our life in such a way that it leads others to ask us questions. I think we have blended in far too long as Christians in the American society. By that I mean we go to work, come home, and shut the garage door in our houses; and if we are not careful we live our lives in a way that can go unnoticed. Let us start today by consciously making an effort to live out the rhythms of everyday life in a way that blesses the people we come in contact with. At 1church we want to be a people that is striving to live a life that is reaching upward, inward, and outward. Reach upward to God, inward to the body of the church, and outward to the world. This BLESS series has the potential to move us forward in all three of these directions.
Starting Sunday February 19th we are going to take 5 weeks and look at BLESS: Living out the Rhythms. The goal of this series is simply for us to continue to live in the mission field that God has placed us in, but for us to do so intentionally looking for ways to bless others as we live out the rhythms of everyday life.
What does BLESS stand for:
It is my contention that if we do these five missional habits that we will not only bless others but we will be living life in a way that surprises the world. The people around us will start noticing the lives that we are living are different and they will want to know more. So please come join us as we live out the rhythms and BLESS the people around us everyday as we strive to live out these five missional habits.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
Colossians 4:2-6 NIV