There are lots of jokes about helping old ladies across the road and so on, but there is actually nothing quite so rewarding as being in a position where you can significantly help and support a fellow human being. “It’s more blessed to give than to receive,” Jesus is quoted in Acts 20 v35. I remember once, having just got a new and much better paid job, being able to help a friend buy a new car tyre. She was greatly in need, but highly embarrassed. We had been in need ourselves before, and had received help from others; so we knew it isn’t easy to accept. It just isn’t done in our culture. So when I explained this, and she accepted, we were doubly blessed! It was such a buzz to be on the giving end for once!
God gave Abram the word to leave his father’s household and go ‘to a land I will show you’, and promised him a great blessing. That makes interesting reading. (Genesis 12 v 2-3)
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.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.
The blessing was to be a blessing!
Blessing others is not just about giving money or gifts. It can be a meal, a little effort, some time, a bit of encouragement, or praying for them. See how many blessings you can get for yourself today, by looking out for others. Old ladies of the world beware: Do not stand too close to the kerb of a road you do not want to cross!