Genesis 12:2 I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
When you “count your blessings” what do you do? You usually look around you at the things you have, where you live, and the people in your life – and name those, right? If we go back to grade school, we remember that people, places, and things are nouns.
But English is a funny language. Did you notice that “blessing” ends in “ing”? And the Root word is “Bless”. MOST of the time, -ing words are verbs. (We won’t get into the exceptions here, language geeks. I am trying to make a point.) We can shop or do the shopping, laugh or be laughing, run or go running. These are things we do.
What if instead of counting the people, places, and things in your life, you counted the things you do to be a blessing? What would be on your list? Feeding the hungry? Visiting the sick? Helping your neighbor in need? Giving to charity? Praying for a friend?
Grammatically, the word blessing works both ways – it is both what you do and the thing you have. So next time you think about counting your blessings, don’t just count the people, places, and things. Remember that blessing is a verb. If you find yourself short of blessings, do some.