I was reading a book one time and it asked us to think about whether we were focusing on blessing people, or impressing them. At that point in my life, I remember this standing out to me so much. I put that little catch phrase, "Bless, don't impress" in my brain and have thought of it so often over the years.
I try to keep it in my when I have company over - am I scurrying around the house to clean it all up and make it look perfect in order to bless others, or impress them? I try to keep it in mind when I go out in public with my children - am I cleaning them up and trying to keep them quiet in order to bless others, or impress them? I try to keep it in mind when I'm in a conversation with a friend - am I telling stories and bringing up things in order to bless them, or impress them?
Where is my heart?
There is a portion of 1 Peter 3:9 that says, "Bless, for to this you were called." Just above that Peter tells us to have brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. This runs so contrary to the competitive and comparative world we live in, yet is exactly how Christ is calling us to live.
How can you bless someone today?
Maybe it's by leaving a bit of a mess around when someone comes over so that they feel like they aren't alone in their struggle to have everything together.
Maybe it's by sharing a story that might not make you look so good, but will allow others to see your humanity and feel connected enough to share their own struggles.
Maybe, just maybe, by putting aside our desire to impress others, we will actually BLESS them.
The world is longing for people who are brave enough to be real - are you willing to be one of them?
In this journey alongside you,