“God bless you!”
“May you be blessed!”
These are the words I often hear people use, and I have used them myself sometimes.
But what is a blessed life?
A nicer car, a dream house, the ideal job, wonderful children, more money, better health, a more comfortable life … a little nicer, better, or more of everything?
A blessed life is a life with Christ.
Yesterday evening I went to a presentation by Dr. David W. Pao at Twin City Chinese Christian Church. Dr. Pao is Professor of New Testament and Chair of the New Testament Department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. His topic was about a blessed life. He used Jacob in the Bible as the example.
Dr. Pao said having a blessed life is to know what God’s plan is for your life and what your role is in God’s kingdom.
I think a blessed life is also a fulfilling life. A fulfilling life is the result of have your purpose, talents and values aligned.
Do you know what your purpose is in life? What gives meaning to your life?
What are your talents, gifts and skills that distinguish you from others?
What is important to you? What do you value and stand for as a person?
When you identify your talents and values, and know how to use your gifts to serve the Lord and the needs of others, you have your purpose, your calling in life. If you ignore your talents, values and purpose in life, no amount of external success can make you feel fulfilling and complete.
May you have a blessed life!