Sunday, January 19, 2014

Splash Blessings

One of my boys got in trouble and the punishment was no electronics for a week. This affected his twin brother as well. The electronics had to be turned off for both, so that the guilty one could not watch whatever his brother was doing. This caused great frustration for the innocent brother.
“Why do I have to suffer, when he is the one who got in trouble?” he asked indignantly.
“Sometimes people’s sin and the consequences splashes over onto us,” I answered.
“Well, I wish he would quit splashing his sin on me!” he retorted.

This is so true. Many times when someone sins, we feel the consequences. Or when we sin, other people are affected. A person speeding or texting while they are driving can run into an innocent person. That person’s sin has splashed on the innocent person.  Someone can cheat or steal something at their workplace, and all of a sudden management tightens up on everybody’s freedom. Their sin splashed on the whole company.
It is the same way with blessings. Remember the movie Pay it Forward? It is about a boy who starts a movement to do three people a favor. The favor cannot be a repayment, but something unexpected and helpful to the recipient. Isn’t that like splashing blessings on them? It is so easy to do. Maybe not the huge blessings, like buying someone a car. But splashing small blessings is easy. Have you ever let someone go in front of you at a check out line and seen how appreciative they are? How about letting someone in when you are driving and their lane ends? How about buying someone lunch or coffee?
One morning a woman in a big SUV was talking on her cell phone and cut me off getting in to the drive through at Starbucks. I didn’t think it would do any good to honk or outwardly express my irritation, because I didn’t think she even saw me or noticed what she did.  Imagine my surprise when I pulled up to order and the barista said through the intercom that the woman in front of me would like to pay for my order. Splash! Blessed! Just for fun, I decided to pay for the person behind me and splash a blessing on them as well.
Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Lord, help me to remember that my sin affects other people. Help me to splash blessings on the people I come in contact with today.
How about you? Have you ever paid it forward? Or have you had someone splash a blessing on you lately?


  1. My challenge for the week- to splash as many people as I can! Thanks!

  2. Good post! Very thought provoking. Reminds me of a verse that has captured my thought recently: Titus 3:2 " perfect courtesy toward all.."

  3. Thanks De! I like your version of that verse better than mine. Mine said "show gentleness towards". Great verse!