“The blessing of God . . .[is] an internal reality — a state of mind, a state of soul. It’s joy unspeakable . . . . peace that passes understanding. It’s things you can’t possible put a price tag on. Are you good with God? Then you are blessed beyond measure.”- Mark Batterson
Mark Batterson continues Chapter 11 of Double Blessing as he talks about the word generosity. We tend to think of generosity in terms of dollars and cents. But, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. In addition to treasures, generosity involves time and talent. Also, Mark admits, it’s much harder to be generous with time and talent than treasure. In fact, the author contends, sometimes writing a check represents a cop-out — a false substitute for personal involvement.
For example, we think we’ve done our duty when we hand a homeless person a few dollars. However, Pastor Batterson stresses, we need to match those dollars with dignity. Therefore, we need to look that person in the eye and see into their soul. Yet, many people aren’t willing to give of their time to do this.
Above all, Pastor Batterson emphasizes, he doesn’t just flip the blessing in response to someone’s generosity. He also tries to flip the blessing, he quips, when he feels like flipping the bird. Mark explains:
“Not only does flipping the blessing on someone who ticks you off defuse your negative emotions, but it can also interrupt the pattern and have a profound impact on the other person. If you don’t believe it, try it. When you return rudeness with kindness, it leaves people dumbfounded. . . . it’s more effective than fighting fire with fire — and far more fun.”
In conclusion, Pastor Batterson notes, people won’t even know what to do with such a response from you. Although this method isn’t foolproof, especially if your specific situation involves a fool.
Today’s question: How do you see the blessing of God as an internal reality? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Don’t accumulate possessions, but experiences”