From: David Kabanje
Date: February 23
Subject: GMU: Blessed to Bless

Blessed to Bless

Beautiful People,

Uncommunicated expectations tend to lead to frustration. Our expectations drive certain behaviors and attitudes; however, we seldom articulate our hopes and dreams to our targeted audience. I have difficulty communicating my expectations at times because I believe that they are burdensome. That ideology transfers over to my spiritual life as well. Instead of freely opening my heart to God with all my aspirations, I close it off and decide that "God is too busy for this so that I will take care of it." How many blessings do we forgo with this mentality? Each of us has legitimate needs that our God wants to meet; however, we find other illegitimate gods to meet those needs. "What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you" (James 4:1). "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7). 

Our Father in Heaven wants to give us good gifts (Matthew 7:11), but He won't force them on us. God does not force anything on us. In this beautiful relationship between Creator and creation, we need to communicate our hopes and dreams to our Abba-Father, knowing that He desires to give that which is good. In other words, our greatest hopes for this life pair in comparison to what God wants to give. So, after we ask and receive, what happens when God meets our needs legitimately? Well, then we pour out the blessing onto people. The hopes and dreams that are good and pure are deposited into our hearts by God so that we can ask for them in faith and pour them out to others through our actions. God desires to bless us to become a channel of blessings. So, let's communicate with God our deepest hopes, dreams, and aspirations believing that He will meet these legitimate needs so that we pour them out as a blessing to others.