Doesn't it feel good to get unexpected blessings? To receive something that maybe you couldn't have gotten on your own? Maybe a great parking spot, free tickets to an event, cash from a surprise source, a promotion, a discount, an apology? These are unforeseen gifts... or favor.
Yesterday I received some very good news. After reflecting on it, I consider it to be favor. There's nothing I could have done to have received it on my own. A decision was made outside of my control that benefits me, and so I received 'favor'. I thought on it for awhile trying to figure out what I did to get it and came to the conclusion that I did nothing. I could do nothing to get it. I can't be extra good or work extra hard to get favor. It is what it is.
So how do we get more? Like the manna in the Bible (Exodus 16), God gives us exactly the amount of grace we need for that moment in time. But who does He give it to?
For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield
~~ Psalm 5:12
He gives it to the righteous. That's not some big pie in the sky word. The dictionary will have you believe the righteous are the 'perfect' or morally virtuous people. That makes it sound like righteous are those who have worked very hard to be perfect and clean. In the Greek translation from the Bible (dikaios), it means those that are just in the eyes of God. Only those who have given their lives to the Lord are considered just in the eyes of God. Not perfect people, but perfectly redeemed people.
So that Psalm means God will cover Christians with His favor. It's free, it's wonderful and available every day.
I challenge you to find the favor in your life and spend time giving Him thanks for His perfect favor.
Everyone experiences rejection from time to time. It's an inevitable in life. We don't get picked for the team or our credit application is denied. We don't get the job, the date, the sale, or deadline extension. In writing, rejection is not an "if", it's a "when".
I just got a rejection a couple a weeks ago. How did I handle it? I filed it proudly in my rejection section, updated my submissions tracker, turned around and submitted a few more pieces! Am I made of stone, impervious to being denied? No. My face puckered, for maybe two seconds ... a result of the letdown after the building excitement when I saw the envelope in my mailbox. But then I moved on. Writers, you move on. You don't have time to get stuck!
Wherever you are in life, do not be discouraged by rejection.
"The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone." Psalm 118:22.
God has a plan for your life. Give God the rejected remnants. He can take what man would reject and turn it into something wonderful.
I'm a writer... so that means I write a bunch. Blogs are just the pieces that never make it into the final cut.