I was reading in Genesis the other day. I found the part where God talks to Abram (soon to be Abraham) and this passage struck me:
"I will make you into a great nation
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you."
How often I get kind of caught up in "bless me, God" or "bless this thing that I'm doing". Here's the thing. As children of Abraham (in an adoptive way), we are blessed. God finished each statement with an outward focus. Yeah, Abram will be blessed, but he is to be a blessing to ALL THE PEOPLES OF THE EARTH. No small order. Challenge to myself. Challenge to you (if you dare) - BE A BLESSING to someone today. Go out of your way. Be inconvenienced. Leave one thing off the checklist for tomorrow. I'd be curious to hear any stories. Now quit reading this and go do it :)!!!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
Here's a pic of my friends Cindy and Gene. For the past two years, Gene and I have had breakfast at Bob Evans on 933 in Roseland. Cindy has been our waitress for about 95% of those meals. Same thing each week: 2 english muffins dry for me (I kick out the peanut butter) and Gene gets his same oatmeal (check out the pic, baby...).
Cindy is a great lady who is raising her teenage kids and working her tail off. She provides great service, but now it has become more than just that, it's a friendship between all three of us.
Gene and I get together to do that Prov. 27:17 thing - iron sharpening iron. It honestly has been lifechanging. The past two years have seen soul revolutions in both of our lives. I'm thankful for God bringing Gene into my life. Good stuff.