I talked about how "blessed" I feel all the time. I also talk about, and thank God for, my "blessings" on a daily basis. When it's someone's birthday on FB, I like to write "Happy Birthday! I hope it's full of blessings!" on their FB wall. I throw the word around all the time, because I want to give God the glory for every good thing I have in my life, because I know that all I have, and all I am, is because of God's grace and mercy, and because of Jesus dying for my sins. I would never want to take the credit for something that was God's doing and not my own, because without Jesus, I am nothing.
Recently, I heard someone say that we shouldn't say we are "blessed," because Jesus tells us who is blessed in the Bible:
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Matt 5: 3-12)
And then yesterday, several of my FB friends posted this article. I read it, and said that I agreed with it, but then I was perplexed. I prayed about it throughout the rest of the day yesterday and last night. I call Fitz my greatest blessing, because I know he is a gift from God. So, should we say "gifts" instead of "blessings"? Does God really care what we call his gifts? Is it just semantics? Is it sinful to say that we feel blessed? Is it sinful to misunderstand God's use of the word in the Bible?
I don't want to say that I'm lucky, or attribute any good thing in my life to dumb luck, because to me, that takes God out of the equation, and I want Him to be a part of my life, in every aspect. I know that all I have is from him. I don't often say I'm blessed because of material things in my life, but I do say that I'm blessed to have a job that I love. I prayed for God's plan for my life, and for His wisdom in choosing a career, and I believe He answered those prayers, which is a blessing...right?
Y'all know I think nothing is a coincidence, right? Well, I just started reading "Jesus Today," as my morning devotion book, which is a follow-up to the "Jesus Calling" book that I've talked about before. One of the verses in this mornings devotions was this:
"O taste and see that the Lord our God is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in him." Psalm 34:8
Thank you, Jesus. I considered it an answer to the prayers I prayed yesterday. I think it's perfectly fine to call the good things that we have in our lives "blessings," if we have trusted in Him, and taken refuge in Him, and feel blessed by God because of that. If it makes you feel better, say "gifts," but I really don't think there's anything wrong with saying that we have blessings from God.
If you disagree, I would love to hear your input on this matter! I will take all suggestions, and on this rare occasion, will admit, that I may not have this exactly right, ha!