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Blessings – A first world problem??

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#blessed

We all know that person who is obsessed with the phenomenon #blessed. Every. Single. Post. 

Picture of my kids. #blessed

Picture of my taco. #blessed

Picture of my dog. #blessed

Picture of my spouse. #blessed

Picture of blah, blah, blah. We get it, your life is great.

Now some of those things are great and truly are blessings. I want to be straight up about that from the start. I am not saying we shouldn’t think that good things are blessings from God. I mean who doesn’t just need a good taco in their life.

BUT, I recently had a conversation with our campus pastor about this idea of saying that we are blessed with everything and how maybe we have inadvertently, without even meaning to, slid into a sort-of Prosperity Gospel way of thinking.

If we think about it, when we say we are just so blessed to have a home, a car, or live in America, don’t we kind of have to step back and realize that we would then be saying that people that don’t have those things aren’t blessed?

Again, all good things come from God so I do think that they are blessings but I have a hard time coming to grips with saying that we are blessed by our creator by the things that make our lives comfortable. 

What if what we are looking for and what we are praying for isn’t actually what draws us closer to God?

I can’t think of a better way to say it then the lyrics of “Blessings” by Laura Story:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mmgV6mPvb0&list=RD4mmgV6mPvb0&start_radio=1&t=0

We pray for blessings

We pray for peace

Comfort for family, protection while we sleep

We pray for healing, for prosperity

We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering

All the while, You hear each spoken need

Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops

What if Your healing comes through tears

What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near

What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom

Your voice to hear

We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near

We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love

As if every promise from Your Word is not enough

All the while, You hear each desperate plea

And long that we’d have faith to believe

When friends betray us

When darkness seems to win

We know that pain reminds this heart

That this is not our home

What if my greatest disappointments

Or the aching of this life

Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy

What if trials of this life

The rain, the storms, the hardest nights

Are your mercies in disguise 

I’m sorry, one more time, a little louder for the people in the back:

What if my greatest disappointments

Or the aching of this life

Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy

What if trials of this life

The rain, the storms, the hardest nights

Are your mercies in disguise 

“What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near

What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise”

It feels weird to say that we should be praying for uncomfortable. But at least for me personally, that’s when I have been most connected to Christ. Those are the times that I have grown the most. When I have learned about Him.

So if that’s on the other side. Then that’s the prayer I want to have. For me, for my family. Because I believe that “the promise from (His) word is enough.

-Taylor Dooley

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1 thought on “Blessings – A first world problem??”

  1. Taylor!!

    What an amazing message my friend. This is actually something I think of quite often. And it was something I thought of growing up. We are all blessed in different ways in my opinion. What I take for granted others find a blessing. Along with that, if we are never challenged – Where are we going to grow spiritually?

    When you mentioned that you pray to be uncomfortable – I personally think this is amazing. Something that personally motivates me with this, is considering being uncomfortable my “Lion.” I got the idea from “Chasing the Lion” from Mark Batterson. Mark explains how it is important to stop playing things safe and go after “your lion.” I would highly encourage the read – it is extremely motivating and very relevant.

    Thank you so much again,

    Live Him

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