Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. Psalm 68:19
We are blessed people. I am richly blessed. We sing songs about all our blessings, memorize scripture verses (like the one above) and have quotes by the hundreds reminding us to be thoughtful of and grateful for all of our blessings. While scrolling through some of those quotes, this one was new to me (and one of my favorites):
“I have too many flaws to be perfect. But I have too many blessings to be ungrateful.”
I wish I could come up with such meaningful sentences…that express so much in just a few phrases. With or without thoughtful quotes, I have been thinking about my blessings. And, hand in hand with blessings, the privileges I am given. Graced to me by my Heavenly Father. Because, truth be told, I do not always recognize – nor appreciate – my blessings and privileges for what they truly are!
For instance, prayer and Bible study are great privileges. My talents are a blessing and whatever chance I have to use those talents is a privilege. My friends and family are blessings. The time I have to minister to them is a privilege. Time I have to serve others is also a privilege. And the resources He has given me to serve with are also a blessing.
You see the connection. Blessings and privileges go hand and hand. Both given by God and neither are chores, burdens or items to checked off on my “good Christian list.” This is key. How I view my both my blessings and my privileges will determine my attitude and my approach toward them. Isn’t it just like the enemy to (oh so gently) twist our thinking about the very gifts God has so generously given? If we are not careful, they can become a chore – that drains us mentally and physically. Or, perhaps, they can be seen as a source of pride or a way to stay in good favor – with others or even with Christ. It happens. And it happens subtly.
We are blessed people. With blessing and privilege comes responsibility. Not simply to name our blessings one by one – which is a good thing – but to be busy. Daily getting to know our Savior more. Striving to be more like Him. Walking through open doors, looking for divine appointments, and seizing the opportunities given to serve others and use our gifts.
Grateful, thankful and blessed. And privileged. Yes – I am!