Blessed. Or bless-ed. We use this word a whole lot. We throw it around as easily and as quickly as we do “awesome” or “fantastic.” If you follow #blessed on Instagram, you’ll find 117 million posts! If you follow #blessed with the emoji of two hands giving a high five which 9 out of 10 people mistake for hands that are praying, 3.7 million posts. And the variation of #blessed goes on, #blessedlife and #blessedfamily each get millions of tags. People sure seem really blessed. And if you’re like me and you’re curious as to why people are so blessed, the results may surprise you. Someone on the beach with their significant other…blessed. Some young woman jumping a fence with a horse in some kind of equestrian competition …blessed. A couple kissing with the London Bridge in the background….blessed. Someone winning something at a dance competition…blessed. Someone standing in front of a new Mustang…blessed. While we see the blessedness in some or maybe all of these, people who are spiritual and those who are maybe not claim to have been shown God’s favor.
I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with this. While maybe the Mustang picture made me personally roll my eyes a bit, who am I to deny someone blessedness over something like that? Sure, with the boom of social media that word may be a bit overused, but what’s the problem with that? Isn’t claiming being blessed a show of gratitude?
- Luke 6:20 - 31