One sadly accurate critique of Christendom is that we are out to conquer the world or, at least, gain market share. Whether by coercion or consumerism, we want Christianity to “win”.
When we step back and look at it… it’s a weird phenomenon.
I think what our hearts want, though, is to love God and love our neighbors. As recipients of God’s blessing, we want to be a blessing to those around us.
But what does that look like?
In Dave and Jon Ferguson’s book B.L.E.S.S., we find a very simple, sustainable paradigm for loving our neighbors. What I like about it is that it is ordinary. It is a way of life. It is routine. It requires very little training on how to do it. It clarifies what it would look like to be a blessing wherever we go and whoever we meet.
To make it even simpler, I’ve created the attached worksheet. Why did I do this? Because in this situation, the goal is not to learn more information but to embrace new habits. The worksheet is designed to help you discern, in God’s loving presence, WHO you want to bless, HOW you want to bless them, and WHEN you might be able to bless them.
Life is a mystery. People are complex. None of us know the future. We hold it all with an open hand.
With that in mind, I hope you find this worksheet helpful. As you download it, open up your calendar and set aside 15 minutes when you can fill it out each week - and review last week’s worksheet.
B.L.E.S.S.pdf (55.4 KB)
Finally, our formation is incomplete without community. So let’s help each other live into this rhythm. If you feel comfortable sharing some “B.L.E.S.S. stories” that come out of this practice, please come back and share them with us!