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Wednesday Wisdom: Learning To Truly Bless Others

It's Wednesday today, and I'm feeling kind of philosophical.

This post is going to be quite different from my usual bookish content, but I really feel that it's something I want to go ahead and share with you all.

As a child growing up in church, I remember consistently hearing about "serving," "being a light," "being an example," and "always giving to others." And as I grew into a teenager and a young adult, these were terms that began to take on new meaning to me, and I think I finally started to realize just how important they truly are.

After all, the Bible is full of verses telling us to be a blessing to those around us, like Proverbs 11:25 "The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped."

Helping others has always been something I've tried my best at, but it wasn't until a few days ago that I truly realized that sometimes blessings are done in such a teeny tiny way that it might not even feel like you're giving one.

Remembrance Day is my baby brother's birthday, who's now 26, but he'll forever be my baby brother, and my mom was hosting a birthday dinner for him. That night my sister had a lot on her plate, as most mother's of infants do, and she was feeling slightly overwhelmed. In that moment I realized that maybe just maybe if I asked there would be a little something that I could do to lighten her load. One of the things she had to get taken care of was to wash up all of her baby's dishes and toys, and so I jumped in and offered to do it for her. After all, who hasn't washed dishes before, and I usually do so on a daily basis at home anyways. That little job didn't taken me very long, I was all done and cleaned up in about fifteen minutes, but it made a world of difference to my sister that night.

I didn't solve world hunger, donate a noticeable amount of money to a charity, or even help anyone with a long term solution, but I did help someone very near and dear to my heart have an easier evening, and a lightening of their load. And in that moment, I really realized that "blessing others" doesn't necessarily have to be a grand gesture that takes all of our time, energy, or finances. Sometimes God just wants us to put ourselves out there and ask someone around us if there's anything we can do to help. After all, our Heavenly Father didn't even send His son in a grand gesture; He was born in a manger surrounded by animals. And if Jesus didn't even need a grand gesture for his arrival, then perhaps we can serve others in a humble manner as well.

As we move into the Christmas season, and into 2018, I want to adapt the mantra of trying my best to bless others in humble ways, and this might be as simple as taking the time to truly recognize when a member of my training team has tried their best to go the extra mile, or offering to pick up some extra work around the house when my hubby's come home from a stressful day at work. 

All in all, I definitely want to remember that God can use any of us in unexpected ways, and that it doesn't have to be an important person in the eyes of man to accomplish a task that's important in the eyes of our Lord and Saviour. 

Thanks so much for reading guys! I enjoyed getting to post a Wednesday Wisdom today, and I look forward to getting back to bookish content on Friday.

This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


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