A Blessing Brigade

The other day our church handed out free food to those who needed it. The food was in our church’s basement and needed to be moved outside where we would hand it out. At first everyone was going back and forth from the basement to the outdoors, carrying a bag or two of groceries, then walking back down into the basement empty handed to take some more groceries up and out. We were bumping into each other and waiting for each other to keep from bumping into each other again.

Then we came up with the idea of a grocery bag brigade, sort of like the bucket brigade people form to fight a fire. We lined up, arms length from each other, from the basement to the outside. We handed the bags from one to the other and the whole process went well and fast.

Let’s adapt the technique one more time; from bucket brigade to bag brigade to blessing brigade. I picture a blessing brigade as a process of passing on what we’ve been blessed with to someone else who could use a blessing. We’re called to be a pipeline of God’s goodness to others, a conduit of Christ’s to those in our sphere of influence.

The apostle Paul quoted Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) That should prompt us to pass on a blessing to others as quickly as we feel we have been blessed, a divine game of toss the hot potato. If we want to feel blessed we need to be a blessing!

What we’re dealing with here is a way to look at life. We’ve all been the recipients of many good things. Sure, we’ve also been the victim of far from ideal circumstances. We have a choice as to which we’ll give major attention. Thinking about what we have been given in life that’s good can prompt gratitude, and this attitude of gratitude can prompt an attitude of giving.

Jesus said to His followers, “Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8) All of us who seek to follow Christ affirm that we have been given much by Him. He calls us to give to others as He has given to us. Pay it forward! Participate in the Lord’s blessing brigade today, wherever you are!

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