I’m currently reading Wayne Cordeiro’s Leading on Empty, and in it, Wayne passes along an ancient prayer written by some Franciscan monks…
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, hard hearts, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live from deep within your heart where God’s Spirit dwells.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world and in your neighborhood, so that you will courageously try what you don’t think you can do, but in Jesus Christ you’ll have the strength necessary to do.
May God bless you so that you remember we are all called to continue God’s redemptive work of love and healing in God’s place, in and through God’s name, in God’s Spirit, continually creating and breathing new life and grace into everything and everyone we touch.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference.
It’s a far cry from the modern, western idea of God’s “blessing,” which is thought to come in the form of a life of smiles and unfair favor, riches, and good health. The prosperity gospel is killing us, and I want more. I think God offers more, but until we learn that less truly can be more, we will keep missing the big picture of God’s divine dream for using us to change the world. Instead, we’ll settle for a closer parking spot at the mall and label that as God’s blessing instead.
I want to live from deep within my heart where God’s Spirit dwells.