Blessed or Not

Blessed or Not

I have heard so many boast about being blessed when things are going well in their lives. Celebrities and musician’s accept awards by first acknowledging God with sparkling gratitude. So, does that mean that the other people who were nominated in the same category were not blessed or favored? Are the favored blessed, better or worthy of blessings?  Further, is there a group of people who are not favored and undeserving of blessings? And are gifts of abundance, opportunity, victories, grace, and mercy the only blessings we should expect to receive?

When one person is sick and the other is well, then is the healthy person blessed and better off? Better off maybe. Blessed, I don’t know. In the midst of a tornado those whose property and belongings are spared from destruction are blessed but those who lose everything—what are they? Whenever we seem to win against all odds many give thanks and praise unto God for the blessing. What about everyone else who fails?

If the team I am cheering for wins does that mean I have the blessing of an answered prayer? Does that mean the other team is cursed? How often do we ascribe the good in our lives to blessing and the bad to a curse of misfortune or some type of evil force? Moreover, is losing and struggle in life such a terrible thing? Are we so spoiled or selfish that we only expect and accept blessings with gratitude? So do we only learn from mountain top experiences?  Aren’t our times in the valleys of life just as important? Whats the right proclomation while walkining in the valley? Do you still say I’m blessed?

If blessings do exist? Are they a result of our own actions or some type of divine intervention? Is the blessing something I can earn or something I am predestined to receive? What exactly does it mean to be blessed? Does claiming to be blessed engender feelings of comfort, a sense of approval and acceptance in the eyes of one’s creator? Maybe using the word blessed is just a way to justify the means of immoral acts? So, are you blessed or not?

Authentic thought:

            Today, I think our actions and thoughts whether good or bad contribute to outcome in our lives. Whatever a man thinks in his heart is what he becomes. The energy we put out us what comes back into our lives. The sunshine and the rains comes down on us all. The word blessed is often misused and over used for the good that cannot be explained.

In Peace and Love,

Dr. Free

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Author: Dr. Free

Dr. Free is a veteran educator. Her area of expertise is African-centered education consulting. She is a life learner who is passionate about truth, liberation, and justice. Dr. Free strives to be true to herself. She expresses herself in a way that enhances the lives of others and she enjoys giving others the space and encouragment to do the same.

4 thoughts on “Blessed or Not”

  1. This is something I have been thinking about also, in every aspect of life you have some super religious individuals thanking a supreme power for the awesome things they have like its supposed to represent humulity but its quite the contrary when you think about it. Like when a prayer is said before a sporting event by the players and one team loses and one team wins , the winner is always thanking God like he was favored and the loser even though they prayed never thank God for their loss , like a supreme being is out there orchestrating football games, blessings, new cars and favor meaning that he is purposely picking individuals for a blessing and shunning the rest, its basic human self arrogance and grandstanding in the name of humility to me.

  2. To my understanding, Blessings can be a result of an action we took (or not took) that was inline with the will of God, or it can be an action of Gods sovereignty. When I used the term “God’s Sovereignty”, I mean his [and I mean no offence to anyone calling God a “He”. I’m just speaking from the Christian perspective] right to do what he pleases without any approval or explanation to us. We’ll never be in a position to understand all the actions of a being that is infinitely more powerful and intelligent than we are. In almost any culture the creator is recognized as a being that can’t not be fully understood as an equal to the creation. The creator (in most cultures) is not accountable to explain their actions to its creations as well. Thus, we are living in a paradox. Something’s in life occur based on our actions, and something’s occur completely separate from anything we think and feel. This is not a new concept. It can be found in almost any part of life. Health, science, education, love, sex, the list goes on and on; in any of these areas, we can find aspects that are completely based on our actions, and aspects that are out of our hands. “Blessings” follow this same concept. I cannot speak for others, but for me, when I thank God (or Creator, if your from a different spiritual perspective than I), I do not do it in a place that I earned or purchased this blessing in some way. I do not think any blessing I get means I am favored more than others and I have achieved some kind of success that others have not met. I see blessings as simply a gift; a gift from a loving father to a child. The Father could give the gift based on something great the child did or he could give it simply because he felt like expressing his love for the child. The child should not focus on who has a gift around him, and what he did to earn it. The child should just be thankful he is loved. I could dive deeper in more Christian concepts here, but the comment is already very long. I will end this comment with the statement that I don’t like the term “favored”. I could write several more pages on that term alone, but long story short, there is nothing you can do to earn special favor to God [in the sense that your life matters more than someone else, or that you earned a high position in front of him]. From the Christian perspective, and using money as a practical metaphor, our sins give us a debt of about a billon dollar. Our good deeds would pay about a penny back on that debt…so in the end, since salvation is a gift that is not earned, what the point in trying to define how much better one person is from another?

  3. I agree the word “favored” sends mixed messages. In my opinion the way in which I have herad the word used has been divisive and minimizing. Thank you!
    Dr. Free

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