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