There’s so much trouble around us today. I’m learning that people live in one or two realities:
They live as victims of their circumstances.
Or they live as products of hope.
Let’s unpack those for a minute.
I see the victim mentality in so many people I encounter. Recently, we were at the hospital with one of our children’s medical issues. The hospital is a place where you see this the worst. People are scattered everywhere throughout this building wearing the face of fear. They are distraught, defeated and fearful of what’s coming next.
But it’s more than medical.
It’s also financial, physical and with regard to work.
The mentality of these people is that they are simply being pushed through life without any control over anything and everything they encounter is a detriment.
They are owed everything, in control of nothing and angry, my are they angry.
They are angry because they see themselves as victims.
The second are people who are products of hope. They waltz through life through the same halls as the victims in the same settings, dealing with the same troubles, but these have traded their victim status for the hope we have in Christ.
They’ve let go of the hopeless nature of their trouble and recognized that the adoption that was accomplished through Christ’s work on the cross was sufficient to get them by.
However, I think there’s a third group of people as well. The ones that understand and declare the blessing over their lives as Paul did in Ephesians 1. “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.” Eph 1:3 NLT
What does it look like to live life being defined by every spiritual blessing? I actually think its worse of a travesty for a person who has hope but lives like a victim than for the person who is just a victim.
If you have Jesus than you are blessed beyond measure. We’ve got to start living that way! Living as if everything in life was on purpose and every purpose a part of the plan in which we are a part of.
What would it look like for you to focus on your blessing?
A thousand questions come to mind at that moment:
1) What, exactly, am I blessed with?
2) How do I use that?
3) How do I begin to interpret the things of my life through the blessing I have?
4) When does my life begin to feel better because I have this blessing?
Only you can come to the reality of those answers, and it’s worth spending some time on figuring out what life would look like if you were a product of every spiritual blessing rather than a victim of every event of life.