Most emails end with sign-off salutations like...
The list goes on.
Short, but significant, they punctuate a message with class and professionalism.
Though, if you’ve heard from Palette Wear, personally, you’d know that we prefer to close our messages with
Be Blessed, [insert your name here]!
Yes, it serves as a functional end, reminding readers of our brand's connection to faith. But, it‘s also said in aims of affecting one’s day-to-day perspective.
What Is It To Be Blessed?
Jeremiah 17:7-8 says:
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah's words beautifully describe how the blessed may flourish without worry for surrounding troubles. Provisions are boundless and every inch from head to toe... root to tip... is gratified. Comfort, security, peace, joy, and fulfillment... These wait patiently at the door of a blessing!
What Is the Blessing?
At this time of year, we get to celebrate the greatest blessing of all.
God, the creator of ALL EXISTENCE, sent His ONLY Son (His HOLY Son) to planet earth to offer ETERNAL LIFE to the ENTIRE human race (all 7.8 BILLION of us) !!
What an unmatchable gift!
He sent His Son so that you and I could be blessed for eternity. Like the tree in Jeremiah 17, every need is accounted for. Uncertainty dissolves in the face of His blessing.
We are all so blessed! The only disheartening truth is that we haven't all received this blessing in full.
We don’t claim God's blessing over our lives enough.
"Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
New every morning? Huh! So, with every speckle of daylight rising eagerly from the east is a brand new set of blessings that are birthed by its side.
If you're stuck thinking that you've missed out on a lot. Stop! Please stop! Have no worries-- they're not a part of the blessing! Remember? Re-read Jeremiah 17: 7-8.
2. We haven't made a habit of sharing our blessings.
What goes around comes around! There's an old song in my head by Ron Kenoly. Part of the chorus goes something like this
Give, and it will come back to you
Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over
Give, and it will come back to you
When you give, give to the Lord
Let's not get carried away, though! The goal here is not to give so we aimlessly receive. We are to give, that is, to share our blessings, from a place of soulful appreciation. An appreciation for the life, the love, the opportunities, and the knowledge that He has given us. It's only logical that we would share that with others.
Two operations lie before us in this moment. First, we must learn to remove the lenses of defeat from our eyes and claim the blessing that the Lord has gifted. God wants us to be blessed. He's willing to be there every. single. morning. and beyond if we let Him.
At the same time, it should become a priority to want to share life, love, opportunity, support, knowledge, and care with those around us. Taking it a step further, I say we really seek out those who need such.
This month, Palette Wear's 15% donation will be gifted to Operation Blessing, a Christian organization dedicated to impacting the world with clean water, medical care, hunger relief, and disaster relief. They demonstrate the hands and feet of Jesus. They've adopted the act of sharing God's blessing.
It's become customary to give during the holiday season especially. But, just as our blessings are anew every day, so should the ones that we share with others. Like Christ, how can you apply the act of blessing beyond this very special day?
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for spending a few moments with us at Palette Wear!
And, of course, Be Blessed!