How do you know when you’re blessed?

by Larry Hehn on January 25, 2012

thumbs upI used the word “blessed” in my last post, and it’s been bothering me ever since.

Because I think I did a disservice to the word.

When I hear someone described as “blessed” I instinctively think that everything is going that person’s way, that they are a “winner” in the eyes of the world. Two thumbs up.

But is that really what it means to be blessed?

Well, I checked the Amplified Bible and here’s what it said blessed means…

“spiritually prosperous”

“with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of your outward conditions”

Did you catch that too?

Regardless of your outward conditions.

While the world may look at your outward conditions and judge you a “loser” by its standards, you still just might be blessed. How the world measures blessing and how God measures blessing don’t always match.

Being blessed is about our attitude, not our circumstances.

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

“Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.”

- Matthew 5:3-12 The Message

How do you know when you’re blessed?

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Ann Peachman January 26, 2012 at 12:38 am

I’m blessed when I recognize God’s fingerprint on my life, in even the smallest of ways.

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Larry Hehn January 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Thank you for sharing, Ann!

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Shelley January 27, 2012 at 2:02 am

Good question. I feel blessed when I see that God has been in control all along…even when I struggled to trust and have faith that He did have everything in control all along. And also when prayer is answered.
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Larry Hehn January 28, 2012 at 11:44 am

It’s amazing to see God’s hand in things in hindsight.

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Annie January 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Interesting! My friends and I use the word “blessed” or “blessing” to note when something good has happened – rather than using the word “luck” or “lucky”. Like when my son came through a huge health scare I called it “a blessing”. But I guess we’ve been doing the word a huge disservice. Never thought of it that way, but you are right.
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Larry Hehn January 28, 2012 at 11:47 am

Yes, I’m not a fan of the term “lucky” either, Annie. It’s a word I like to avoid. I think it’s ok to still use the word “blessing” but it’s a good idea to remember its depth when we do.

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dunlizzie January 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Great post! I love the distinction you made. For me, I feel blessed when I get to see something God is doing, whether in my life or in the community at large. I feel blessed to be a part of it, because I know that’s a gift he’s treating me with, since He’s the one doing it. In scripture, the blessings, whether in seeing fruits, being persecuted, or even in the list that comes from the beattitudes are all about being with God and being in His workings. I love that. He is our blessing. We are blessed because we are with Him and He is with us.
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Larry Hehn January 28, 2012 at 11:49 am

Well said, Dunlizzie. Thanks!

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Matt Smith January 29, 2012 at 12:23 am

This is so great. I’ve used the word blessed in blog posts as well and just prayed no one interpreted it to mean I thought God was going to hand deliver me whatever car I like at the moment. That word is so misused in Christian circles today. Blessed, to me, is anything that happens where I understand God just a little more. Jesus said that eternal life was knowing God. Not to sound all fundamental and what not but any “blessing” that doesn’t bring us closer to God is just rain falling on the just and unjust (whichever applies). If God isn’t our most prized blessing we’re going to be pretty disappointed when we get to heaven. I really didn’t mean to get all heavy, but this hit a soft spot with me. I mean, it’s really all about God and who we are in Him, isn’t it?

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Larry Hehn January 30, 2012 at 12:58 am

Right on, Matt. I’m glad you shared this!

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Teresa Parker February 9, 2012 at 11:20 am

I am blessed because God loves me and gave His son for me. I am blessed because I live in a country where it is still legal to own a Bible and read it in public. I am blessed because God pushes me, stretches me outside of my comfortable box to be and do more for him. I am blessed because God desires what is best for me, that my soul prosper and be in good health. I am blessed to hear His still small voice leading and guiding me every day. I am blessed.
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Larry Hehn February 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Amen, Teresa!

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Dominic February 16, 2013 at 12:51 am

I feel blessed because I been threw trial and error all my life and I always felt a special kind of feeling around me like I had more to life and I wasn’t just a mess up. And god has today blessed me with my own business that is not illegal and my daughter Her name is HOPE and I feel like this is what he had in store for me. And I thank him everyday of my life even when I was behind bars in my worse spots in my like I always felt his presence .

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Larry Hehn February 16, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Thank you for sharing, Dominic. Blessings!

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gabe October 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm

hi everyone, i wanted to share my story. a couple of days ago all my family and i were at the hospital because my mom was doing really bad we didnt think she will make it. she has cancer stage 4. she was diagnosed in march 2013. i prayed and prayed everyday…i wont lie i used to be self-fish and ignorant back then. but just recently all of my family was there at the hospital with my mom and we started a prayer..it was the most amazing prayer ever. we all cried and i was saying a prayer myself in my head with my eyes shut, when suddenly a light shined in my face it was getting brighter and brighter when a person smiling straight at me said everything is going to be okay and then just vanished…i opened my eyes and i was smiling …it was the best feeling ever.

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Nano March 11, 2014 at 11:44 am

Hello everyone i just opened this page after reaing the book o deuteronomy, suddenly a question raved in me and i wanted to know and understand the blessing of GOD. thank you all. and to you Larry continue to be a blessing to us.

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Larry Hehn March 12, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Thank you for your encouragement, Nano. Blessings to you!

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