There is nothing like a blessing to make someone feel loved and special.
I wonder why, if we appreciate that feeling so much ourselves, we don’t make more of an effort to bless others. It seems it would be a natural desire… but it’s not.
We should never underestimate the power of a blessing.
When others are down, broken or struggling, the simple act of saying “I see you and you matter” through our words and actions can breathe life into them.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 says “Therefore, encourage each other and strengthen one another as you are doing.” (GWT)
Through this verse, Paul is encouraging Christians to support others weary from difficulties in their life. Having someone cheer them on can make a huge difference! We should strive to build up others. In all types of trials and hardships, we need to comfort and edify.
God knows it’s power.
You see, being blessed and encouraged by another – whether you know them or not – is a gift lovingly orchestrated by the Maker. Can you remember a time it happened to you? Me, too!
So, when you feel that prompting to do something to affirm another… agree to do it! That “gut feeling” might be the Holy Spirit asking you to participate in a blessing.
Will you play a part in a divinely orchestrated opportunity?
Yes? Great! Begin by telling God you are a willing participant, asking Him for opportunities to affirm and encourage others! When you feel the prompting… bless others in ways that will speak directly to their heart.
- Pay for the food ordered by the car behind you.
- Bake goodies for your husband to take to work and share.
- Put flowers on a friend’s porch.
- Give up your seat on a crowded subway for someone.
- Send a thank you note to your kid’s teacher.
- Rake the leaves in your neighbor’s yard.
- Bring a meal to a sick friend.
- Leave a very generous tip for your waitress or waiter.
- Open the door for someone.
- Give a gift to a friend for no reason.
- Fill up your spouse’s car with gas.
- Write a note to someone telling them why they are special to you.
- Send a text message or email letting someone know you are praying for them.
- Complement someone.
- Offer to watch your friend’s kids so they can go on a date.
- Leave a comment on a blog post you like. 😉
- Invite a friend who lives alone over for a meal.
- Make a larger than normal donation to a ministry.
- Help a family pay bills when they are struggling with finances.
- Find a needy family and pass down your kid’s clothes.
- Tuck a love note into your husbands luggage as he leaves for a business trip.
- Surprise your child with a date night… just the two of you.
Bless and encourage others! And remember…
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia