THE POWER OF BLESSING I would like to share an observation and it is not about you but may speak of you indirectly. My wife and I, after we got married (31 years on May 28th), used to kid around and poke fun at each other. We would call each other silly names as we were laughing and joking around. It didn’t seem like a big thing except when our emotions would get the best of us. Then those “silly names” would come up and accusations of what was done in fun became hurting words. We realized that we were, even in jest, cursing each other. Now that may seem somewhat ludicrous but in reality, instead of lifting or blessing each other…we were cursing each other. So, what is blessing and what is cursing? Sometimes a way to define a word is to tell what it is not…so here goes. For example, white is the opposite of black, light is the opposite of darkness, yes is the opposite of no and blessing is the opposite of cursing!! Perhaps some of you reading this do not have any guilt about cursing because in many cases people will exclaim that “nice people don’t do it!” No place in this world, no matter how primitive or sophisticated it may be, is without its forms of cursing and blessing. Cursing seems to be easy to do for many people…it doesn’t take a lot of practice to figure it out! But blessing on the other hand…hmm, now that one is a little more difficult to do! Maurice Berquist, in his book, “The Miracle and Power of Blessing” shares this thought on learning to bless instead of cursing. “When you enroll in the school of blessing, you find out there are three grades. First, learn to bless God. Second, learn to bless yourself. Third, learn to bless other people and then learn to bless situations and things. The order is important. There seems to be no way to skip grades in God’s school of blessing.” It doesn’t matter if you have been attending church your whole life or are just a casual attender who attends church a couple of times a year. The key here is to start!! This is not easy to do but you can do it. In this school you can’t skip grades you must start from the beginning. Remember in the first grade you must learn how to bless God. Hmmm, bless God you might say…how is that even achievable? Think about it…this is God, the One who created all things…how is this even possible?? If we were to look at Psalm 103:1, the Psalmist writes these words, “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” (KJV) This is how you bless God…it must come from your soul! When it comes from the deepest recesses of your soul you will just praise and bless God. We will bless Him for all that He has done for us…yes, even when things aren’t so good, we continue to bless and praise Him! This is not an easy task, but it is doable! It takes determination and time to take that step and bless God! I hope and pray you will learn to bless instead of curse! Remember I shared about my wife and I as we would make fun of each other? We began blessing God and then we decided we would start blessing each other (Second grade). I will tell you from experience when you bless instead of curse your life will begin to get better and you will see people as God sees them. As you begin to bless God…He will in turn begin to bless you!