With a blog entitled “Blessings Overflowing” I would be remiss if I didn’t occasionally talk about blessings. God has blessed my family in so many ways and I never want to cease praising Him.
A couple of years ago someone wanted to bless us with a gift. It was such a kind gesture and I know the person genuinely wanted to help us. We accepted the blessing even though I thought it might end up costing us more money than it would save.
In the end, it did cost us more money than it saved. However, I know we would have missed out on several blessings if we had rejected the gift. We also would have possibly made the giver feel rejected in the process.
Recently, I tried to bestow a gift on this same person, but my gift was rejected. It was something that, if it had been offered to me, would have made me feel blessed and thankful. However, this person obviously didn’t feel the same way and my feelings were hurt. In fact, as much as I hate to admit it, I started to feel a little bitter about this rejection.
I don’t know why the person rejected the blessing, but this situation has made me think about several things the past few days.
If I could be bitter about someone not accepting a blessing from me, what does this say about my heart?
How often has my attitude gotten in the way of being able to fully accept God’s blessings?
How does He feel when I am upset or bitter?
Does God feel that I have rejected any of His blessings?
Maybe I am afraid to know the answers to those questions. Maybe this person has no idea that I was hurt because I didn’t communicate my feelings and desire to help them in a correct manor. Maybe they didn’t know how much joy I get when I am able to give to others even though my resources are often limited.
One thing I do know is that I don’t want to worry or be upset about it anymore. When we are bitter about something we can often lose sight of what is truly important. I pray that God will help me with my attitude so that I don’t reject any of His blessings as a result.
Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.