Can you name all of your blessings?
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Lately, I have found myself becoming more and more blessed and a few things that have happened to me have really sparked my interest to dig deeper. There are so many blessings that I didn't even realize I had gotten. Why? Because I simply wasn't looking for them.
Isn't it funny (well funny isn't actually the right word, but all I can think of to say here) how we miss out on some really amazing blessings that have happened to us because we were too focused on what WASN'T Being answered? I don't know about you, but I am really guilty of that.
I volunteer at my church and as a thank you one day, the children's Pastor (the one I work with most of the time) offered to take me out to buy me some new clothes. Do not get me wrong, there wasn't really anything wrong with the way I dressed, but being out of work, being single, being a whole bunch of things, I really just dressed like most people do on laundry day. I had my favorite pair of jeans, only a few choice shirts I liked to wear out and as a Christian, they weren't really appropriate. Im not saying Christians can't wear tank tops and the likes, but in reality, if it causes a married man to take a second glance, then YES its not appropriate because you just caused someone else to stumble. (Just my beliefs if you disagree, you have every right to your beliefs too so please do not take it personally). Anyways, being out of work for going on my second year. I wore what I felt comfortable in and well, my choices were slim because of the weight I gained from my back injury.
My church, knowing my situation and having the same belief of me on the causing someone else to stumble, offered to take me clothes shopping as a thank you. Long story short? 4-5 shirts, 3 pair of pants and even a pair of shoes later? I was styling. As much as I didn't think possible, almost EVERYONE who saw the change commented on how great I looked. I thought for sure the clothes were the blessing, but the real blessing? The confidence and self esteem boost that came with it.
So later, I get the glasses, change the hair. Again, People just went crazy with the change and it was just a positive and uplifting feeling. The better sight, and the comfortable hairdo, were simply an added bonus to the true blessing beneath it.
Well, next comes a very important step, and me announcing this over a public blog is just the proof needed to show that I have become a confident person. Many people don't know that I am actually missing half of my smile. I used to have a partial, but it got bent and I just could not afford to get it fixed. As of last week though? I paid for up front an entirely new partial to be made, that include all the teeth I have lost since my first one, plus will include my two front teeth once I get them taken out. I AM STOKED. The blessing I saw in it up until last night, was that Ill finally find out if the lack of teeth is causing my TMJ and if so, it might fix it. But in reality, those teeth are going to boost my self esteem and confidence even higher and maybe even make me look forward to getting out of the house more.
I love when God reveals to me all the things I simply overlooked. It is such a blessing just to seem Him at work, even in the areas of our lives we don't even ask for His help in. He might not have answered all my requests made in the past few months, but I know, just by looking at my blessings, that He is still working very hard on me :P
So, now that I have spilled all! I put forth the challenge. Can you find places in your life, that when you look back on them, you realize that the blessing you thought you got, wasn't the full blessing, but the only thing you could see at the time?
How many blessings have you over looked? IS it as big of a blessing if you do not even realized that you were blessed?
Food for thought, hope you enjoy it!