The Blessing Jar

By Terri Pease

jarPicture by Ethan Pease

Have you heard about the Blessing Jar? The Blessing Jar is someone’s brainchild to get people to count their blessings. The idea is simple: When you recognize a blessing, write it down on a slip of paper and place it in a jar. At the end of the year, preferably New Year’s Eve, you empty the jar and read out all the blessings of God you have enjoyed throughout the past year.  Genius! What a cool idea! I couldn’t wait to make me one.

First, the jar. I scoured the kitchen cabinets, the garage and even the basement. Finally an empty pint jar! This is going to be so cool! Wait a minute. A small check, a little voice asking, “Is that all you expect? Will you believe me for more?”

How many times have I approached the throne room of God and beggarly ask for something? Why ask for more when barely enough will do? Is this really how He wants me to believe? Nah, I don’t think so.

I began to meditate on how much God loves me, singing, *“Oh, how He loves me, I am His portion and He is my prize, Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes, If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking, So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss…” He loves me extravagantly, like a sloppy wet kiss, He loves me!  So extravagantly that He let His Son die for me. Surely a Father that would do that, go that far for me, wouldn’t mind me asking bigger; Bigger goals, bigger dreams…just BIGGER!

Suddenly that rinky dink jar just wasn’t going to cut it. I had to find me a honker of a jar. (That’s southern for very large) This year, this year I am gonna go big! I found me a gallon jar! Yeah buddy! I’m going to fill this jar up because I am expecting many, many blessings this year. His blessings are going to overtake me! It says so in Deuteronomy 28:2. Not because of who I am or what I do or don’t do. But because of Who He is and what He has done. The first slip of paper in my honker jar say’s: Jesus loves me, this I know.

Shine on!

* “How He Loves” is a song by independent artist John Mark McMillan.

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