As I sit here on a plane for a business trip and stare out the window to see beautiful greenery and puffy white clouds, I’m flooded with thoughts and feelings about the world, our society, God, you name it. This post might be off the beaten path for Donut Stop Running but it is something that has been heavy on my heart for a while now so here goes nothing.
Blessed. That’s all I feel right now on the way to a business trip of all things. I can’t stop thinking about that word and everything it means to me at this point in life. I have a job (that I’m really loving on top of that) that is able to pay the bills and put food on my plate, I have a fiancé that kicks butt at life, is compassionate, and loves our God and me so fiercely, I have two arms and two legs that enable me to lift heavy things and run many miles, and a support system unlike any other. I’m simply happy to be alive. However, I always think about this list and start hypothetically removing things while constantly asking myself, would I still feel blessed? I say this from the deepest part of my heart- I believe that I would. If I were to compare myself to other people, in some cases I have much, much more than others and to others I have much, much less. I don’t say that in a conceited way, it is simply the truth. If you are reading this post it is the same exact way for you- there are many more people in the world that are more “blessed” than you and many that are less “blessed”. It is all really subjective, as you know, but recently the word “blessed” and the way people use it has perplexed me tremendously.
Let’s face it, you’ve probably seen the good ol’ #blessed thrown around on social media a time or two and even jokingly posted it yourself. I’d just like to state up front that I have said, “hashtag blessed” jokingly or probably used it somewhere at some point in my life so please don’t think I’m saying “Hey you, you’re stupid for saying that.” I’m not at all. I’ve just really been thinking about what it means and how we can spread the #blessed to others.
When we say #blessed are we really thinking about what that means? For example, I see it so commonly posted under photos of people holding the championship cup or medal they just won. Don’t get me wrong, it is amazing to win a race, game, tournament, competition, etc. but what in the heck does #blessed even mean if we don’t do anything with the talents that God blessed us with? One day later it will just be a medal or plaque that will sit on a shelf, am I right? As most of you probably know, darkness has been spreading across our world like wildfire. People are suffering and undergoing circumstances that most of us can’t even fathom. Simply put, we need more light in this world. I am not here to judge or to tell you how to live your life but I do want to encourage everyone to put their #blessed to use. We were blessed for a reason and each of us has a purpose. I urge for you to go out there and share your talents with others, inspire, and be a light in this world. At that point, #blessed will have a much deeper meaning than winning that big game, finally receiving that degree, or getting that fancy car. As Kevin Hall states in Aspire, “Your gifts are not about you, leadership is not about you, your purpose is not about you. A life of significance is about serving those who need your gifts, your leadership, your purpose.”