So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers]. [Galatians 6:10b (AMPC)]

peacock“Be mindful to be a blessing…” After reading Paul’s words as translated in the Classic Amplified Bible, I thought of a comic I recently saw in the newspaper. (Oddly, I get lots of inspiration from the comics and I’m not sure what that says about my intellect.) Nevertheless, in “Nancy,” written by Guy Gilchrist, it’s Nancy who is reading the comics page. The speech balloon says, “Today’s Motivation: Let your presence be a gift to all you meet!” The next panel shows her walking down the street. Instead of her typical hair ribbon, she is wearing an enormous bow and a gift tag that says, “To you!”

Although the Amplified version speaks of being “mindful to be a blessing”, most other translations of Galatians 6:10 say to help or do good when the opportunity arises. Being mindful implies a conscious and deliberate action—an effort to discover or even create those opportunities. Nancy’s attempt to make her presence a present seems the perfect example of Paul’s words. We certainly don’t need to decorate ourselves or wear ribbons and gift tags, but we do need to thoughtfully set out to be a blessing each and every day. Of course, we should seize every opportunity there is to do good but, perhaps, we should make more of an effort to initiate ways of being a blessing to others.

Father, keep us mindful of ways in which we can truly be a blessing to everyone we encounter today. Make us alert to ways that our demeanor, words, and actions can lighten people’s burdens, bring joy to their hearts and put smiles on their faces. May our presence never be a source of strife, irritation or annoyance—rather, let it always be a gift and a blessing.

Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. [Ephesians 4:29 (AMPC)]

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