Bless: (v) to invoke divine favor
Somewhere in the jostling and bouncing between challenging and encouraging, we actually learn to bless people.
We rarely feel divine kindness merely by being challenged to achieve a code which lacks human sensitivity.
Nor are we truly blessed by only being encouraged to accept mediocre accomplishments as excellent.
I am human.
I need those around me to challenge me–and encourage me.
To do so, they must know my heart’s desire–what I really believe is valuable when I am completely stable and sane instead of drunken on my own excesses, or fearful within the boundaries of my insecurities.
God, Himself, cannot bless human beings without challenging and encouraging them. Yet the danger is that we will ping-pong our emotions between condemnation and adulation.
In the midst of every good deed, there’s a slip-up.
And also, in the presence of every disaster, there are pieces of truth which can be retained.
We become powerful when we learn how to bless.
To do so demands the juggling of challenge and encouragement.
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