I just love Charlie Wilson’s song “I’m Blessed” featuring T.I. I remember on April 4, 2009, I was listening to the radio, and I heard Charlie speak the words, “I do not want to die to the streets” and for reasons unknown to me at the time I hurried to write those words down on the above yellow piece of paper. The energy from Charlie’s words touched me so deeply that I was compelled to pray for him. I felt his truth in him asking God to bless him one more time.
Today, May 3, 2018 I am listening to his song, and it is bringing joy to my heart. It’s a reminder that God is still answering prayers, and blessing us everyday.
It really brings to life the Eight Beatitudes in the book of Matthew chapter 5 which are:
1. You’re blessed when you ‘re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and His rule.
2. You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
3. You’re blessed when your’re content with just who you are – no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
4. You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
5. You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
6. You’re blessed when you get your inside world- your mind and heart-put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
7. You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
8. You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
That chapter goes on to tell us why we are here on earth… “you’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.”
How are you being light to the world today? What are you praying for today? How you doing?…BLESSED YES! What are you grateful for today?
Turn to page 39 of my book, and meditate on the prayer “Use Me”, to be grounded in God’s light, life, and love.
Until the next time,