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Being blessed is more than a gift of material prosperity. It’s a state of being inextricably linked with a deeper connection to the one true God. In the book of Micah, the prophet says there is a clear, crisp, and simple summary of what God expects from you and me. These things that matter so much to God are the things God wants to see in us: justice, kindness, and humility.

Treating people with justice involves being fair and respectful ensuring everyone has equal opportunities and rights. Kindness is considered being friendly, generous and considerate. It is being selfless, caring, compassionate, and unconditionally kind.

Humility is the quality of being humble free from pride or arrogance. It is a grace that attracts more grace. On the other hand, pride closes the door to spiritual growth for all of humanity. So, humility opens the door of our lives to more of God’s grace and goodness. To those who are humble, God gives patience, peace, and gentleness.

Mother Teresa dedicated her life to ministering to the poorest people in Calcutta, and many believe that this led to a blessed life. Recognizing the needs of others as equal to her own, she chose to live alongside them in order to better serve them. We should all work towards putting others’ needs before our own whenever possible.

A blessed life is available to everyone. It is available to the rich as well as the poor. You can live a blessed life by pursuing many things. For example, you can live a blessed life by being a doer of Biblical principles. Faith, obedience and wisdom are principal things, and until a person engages them, their life remains without visible progress. The revelation of these truths will position you in the place where all of God’s blessings become yours exponentially.

You can live a blessed life by contemplating the lavishness of God’s grace. The blessed life is a basic principle that if we embrace, understand and walk it out, we will live a life of blessings. A life of blessings can mean different things to each person. For some, it could mean being financially blessed, while for others it means being healthy or having a good family life.

As this year unfolds, opening new chapters in our lives, it is important to be just, kind and humble, recognizing that seeking more stuff, more fame or even more comfort will not guarantee a blessed life. So, Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Dr. Walter Ghosten
chaplain@lhp.net