In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.
The creed for a lot of parents these days is, "Get even. Live long enough to be a problem to your
kids." That's humorous, and in some circumstances, understandable, but it's not very good
advice. Abraham's life illustrates a different approach: he lived long enough to be a blessing.
Think what we might have missed had Abraham died at an earlier age. During his first 75 years,
he lived as a dutiful son to his father, Terah, and a faithful husband to his wife, Sarah. He was a
blessing to these two, but there were many others ahead.
Through years of tests and trials God purified his life and taught him obedience. Then finally, at
age 99, he stood ready to be a blessing to the whole world. Through his son, born when Abraham
was 100, came the Messiah, who would bring hope and salvation to "all the nations of the earth."
Christians should view each year God gives us as an opportunity to be an even greater blessing
to those around us. The older we grow, the more blessed our presence should be. We must be
careful that the years don't simply increase our litany of complaints or add to our list of ailments.
Let's seal our lips against giving unwanted advice; let's be available but not meddlesome. Instead
of seeking how we can be blessed, let's seek to be a blessing instead.
Whose life might you bless today? Is there someone you can encourage with a note or phone
call? Is there an act of kindness you might do for a neighbor? Accumulate more for yourself than
just the years you live; collect the opportunities to be a blessing to others.
LIVE LIFE TO BE A BLESSING, NOT A BYSTANDER.