I remember sitting down with a close friend about a year or so ago and something she said changed me. But not right away.
She explained how hard it was to see other people’s “perfect” families and how they would always say, “We are so blessed.” And her comment to me that I’ve never forgotten was something like this… “Am I not blessed because I don’t have that? Am I not blessed because my life isn’t picture perfect but instead has had hardships over and over again?”
I nodded my head like I understood but looking back, I didn’t. At that point, I was in the “picture perfect” group. I thought I was blessed more because of the lack of hardships in my life. Sure, I had ups and downs like everyone and things that stressed me out, but nothing that shook my world. Nothing that completely broke my heart. Nothing…until Bennett.
But now I’ve lost a child. Now my world doesn’t look as perfect to others or to me. And I am reminded that being blessed isn’t just based on our circumstances working out how we wanted them to. It’s so much more.
Did you know that right after God created man and woman, the Bible says, “God blessed them…” (Genesis 1:28). He blessed them because they were His creation. We are His creation…me and you.
But do you believe that you are blessed…right where you are regardless of your circumstances?
Have you lost a child, a spouse, a sibling? Yes, it’s more pain then you will ever know. But you are blessed.
Has your spouse given up on your marriage? Yes, its not supposed to be that way. But you are blessed.
Have you been lied to over and over again by the one you love? Yes, it hurts. But you are blessed.
Have you struggled to make ends meet and pay the bills? Yes, you wish you had more money. But you are blessed.
Has your child walked away from God and you don’t know what to do? Yes, you desire so much more for them. But you are blessed.
Have you been struggling with depression and don’t know how to even get out of bed each day? Yes, I wish you were set free from it too. But you are blessed.
Have you lost your job and don’t know how you will provide for your family? Yes, the unknown is hard. But you are blessed.
Have you been praying for a baby that you still don’t get to hold? Yes, it’s heartbreaking. But you are blessed.
Have you [fill in the blank…]? Yes, it sucks. But you are blessed.
Regardless of where you are, regardless of the happiness you are in or the pain you are suffering, YOU ARE BLESSED.
Why are you blessed? Because God made you! Psalm 8 says, “[God] made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.” He crowned us with great beauty.
Your circumstances may not be beautiful or feel very honoring. But they don’t define you. Your Creator defines you and He called you “blessed” before He called you anything else.
Beauty and blessing. Good days and hard days. You and me. We are blessed.
Do you believe that? Do you believe that God can use the troubles of your day for good? Do you believe that the burden you are experiencing will not last forever? And that the burden itself can not take away your blessing?
You are not just blessed because everything is going good. Yes, He gives us blessings each day that we need to be thankful for but we must never forget that we are blessed because the Creator of everything first breathed life into us. With His own breath. IN YOU AND ME.
Wow! Because of that alone…I am blessed.