June 28, 2010
“Blessed To Be a Blessing!”
I just returned Saturday from a trip to Belize to explore the possibility of our church doing some mission work there. As our team of Jamie Perrin, Howard Lufburrow, and Jon Kindle were so warmly greeted and escorted through the country to different sites of need I remembered what it was like to visit a developing country. Throughout our travels I realized how broken and in need most of the world is. It is easy to forget that as I live in the land of the free. On the eve of July 4th I am a passionate patriot when it comes to my country and my love for it! Ours is quite a story on the world stage. I am so very proud to be an American. However, my experience in Belize and Kenya remind me of an old biblical principle. One is blessed in order to be a blessing to others. The Old Testament is the story of the Hebrews struggle with such a truth and responsibility. They kept missing the point of God’s blessing to them. They kept making it about them and how very special they were and about how after all they deserved it. The prophets warned them of such prideful thinking and acting. Of course they didn’t listen and the rest has been downhill ever since as they have struggled with what it means to be God’s chosen.
On the eve of our countries independence day celebration may we be reminded of what our forefathers knew and believed. It was the providence of God that guided and directed their actions and beliefs. Anyone who has read Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, or Adams knows their since of God’s destiny for them and the country they longed to create. Such is the heritage of our nation. I am honored and blessed by such heritage. The best way to dishonor it is to become selfish with its blessing and its resources. I wonder where our nation would be had it not been for the charity and aid of France and the most powerful navy in the world!! Blessing by its very nature is meant to be shared. Certainly we do that with our own here. However we are also called to be in the words of the prophets and our Lord “a light to the nations.” Jesus was most clear about what our response to receiving the gospel must be as he mandated for us to go into all the world!! Right now we are needed. We have been blessed with so very much. That blessing is rooted and grounded in the sacred trust of God that it is given to be shared.
I hope that you will visit with one of the team members from Kenya or Belize. They will witness to you of a need that goes beyond our comprehension. My prayer is that on this independence day we will celebrate the blessing of God upon us and that we will be very generous in sharing such blessing with a hurting and broken world. Enjoy your holiday this coming weekend. God bless America!!!
I will see you on the road,