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Photo taken in northern Kenya among the Turkana people

It is one thing to count our blessings. It is quite another to make our blessings count.

In the book of Genesis we pick up the story of Abraham. Abraham is the father of the three monotheistic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He is from the region of the world that is modern day Iraq. The region was pagan and the people who made up the region worshiped a multitude of gods. God comes to Abraham with a blessing. God says, “Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you;  And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing;  And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed” (Genesis 12:1-3).

It wasn’t just for Abraham’s sake that God called him to make this move. And it never is. God’s call is never intended to be hoarded. The call of God is always for a greater purpose than for me to simply be blessed. This is the reason a burden is a blessing. The burden is for the sake of the others. We are blessed to be a blessing.

“I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing,” God tells Abraham. A blessing from the Lord is not simply for the sake of being counted but that it may count for something. It is simply selfish to sit around counting our blessings when never asking how we can make our blessings count. We are blessed to be a blessing.

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