The Frugal Catholic: “Blessed to be a Blessing” by Martha Wild King, M.Ed.–Decembe

Years ago when I was active in our Protestant church, the minister would always start the service by saying, “We are blessed to be a blessing.” In Matthew 5, Christ shows us the many ways God blesses us:

The Beatitudes

When Jesus[a] saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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 for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely[b] on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Sometimes blessings come in other ways too. They can come from a smile or a word given as a gift from one person to another. And what we often will never know is the effect of our blessing on another person’s life. As my pastor said, “We are blessed to be a blessing” and by passing on blessings to others we make the world a much better place.

Have a Blessed Day”

David Kremer, Jr. of Nashville TN is a father of three children ages 17, 9, and 7 and the husband of Sarah Kremer. He works at Centennial Hospital in Nashville at “That Good Coffee Place.” Dave serves up anything from drip coffees to custom created lattes. And he does it with a special promise. To each and every customer he attempts to say, “Have a blessed day.” David says he verbalizes this because, “I have been so blessed, and you never know what some one is dealing with in their life. If I can get one person to see God’s glory, then I will have succeeded.”

You see, David’s life, in itself, is a miracle because he is a survivor of brain cancer. “I have shared a short version of my testimony with probably a few dozen customers and all have agreed and have given me confirmation that I am a miracle and that God is in control.” He adds, “God’s great commission tells us to ‘go and evangelize and spread my word to all of the earth.’” Dave says, “ I am attempting to do this one customer at a time.” And as Dave also added, his pastor told him it takes nine contacts with a non-believer to open their eyes. Dave’s daily blessing is adding to that number.

My Secret Blessing Zapper 

Catholic author, speaker, and founder of  Matthew Kelly, distributes a small plasticized card labeled “he Prayer Process.” In it he encourages the faithful to lift up seven different needs in prayer: the sixth one to “ask God to bless and guide others.” This is what I call My Secret Blessing Zapper.

Suppose I was carrying a large squirt gun (the type kids use in the summer), and I could aim it at anyone and zap them with blessing and guidance. I can, and do that daily (only you can’t see My Secret Blessing Zapper because it is in the form of a silent prayer.) When I see anyone, I ask God to “bless and guide” them as they pass by me on the sidewalk, in a store, or on the road. Blessing others puts me in a better place, for instead of judging, I am offering a blessing. And I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God will bless and guide that person; because God says so.

Genesis 12:2   Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”[a]

Also I have another reason for extending a blessing because when a family member was dying from cancer about twenty years ago, he didn’t want to give me his blessing, and it hurt greatly. From that time on, I decided that I was going to pass on my blessings to as many people as I could. By doing so, I expect God’s good to occur in ways I can’t see.

Make Your Own Zapper

Need a good place to start? Well in this busy Advent Season, start with an attitude “of wishing to bless.” Ask God to bless and guide those who pass your way with your Secret Blessing Zapper. Give them that zapp of blessing and guidance through a simple prayer, and watch how blessed you will become.  Or try saying David Kremer’s verbal “Have a blessed day.” After all, “we are blessed to be a blessing,” and what greater gift could we bestow?