Chloe has this thing now where she likes to kiss the top of my head. One recent morning I took her to school, sat her down at the breakfast table and waited with her until she was served.
Waffles. Chloe loves waffles. She dug in almost as soon as the plate hit the tabletop. I sat with her for a while, talking to her a little bit about the day ahead of her.
After a few minutes, I decided to make my exit. I stood up and told her I was going to go. "Let me kiss your head," she said, arms raised. I leaned forward. She grabbed my head with both hands and pulled me to her. Sticky, syrup-covered hands.
I didn't notice it, though, until I got to work. I had just gotten a haircut a few days before, and I wasn't used to my newly-shortened hair. I reached back to feel it, and ran my hand across something stiff, dry and sticky. "Ugh," I thought. "That isn't hair gel."
Can you see how easy it is to transfer something from one place to another? The syrup went from Chloe's hand to my hair. From her day care to my office. How was it transferred? With a simple, personal touch.
It's kind of how God's blessings are transferred.
Joseph's brothers conspired against him. They faked his death and sold him into slavery (Genesis 37). Where in those circumstances are God's blessings, you ask? We find them in Genesis 39:2. God blessed Joseph so that he prospered. Joseph's owner also received a blessing, because God's blessings to Joseph overflowed to those around him.
We see this to a larger extent in the circumstances that followed Joseph's servitude to Potiphar. Blamed for a crime he didn't commit, Joseph was imprisoned for many years. Through a turn of events he came to the Pharaoh's notice. Pharaoh ended up putting Joseph in charge of the entire country, and guess what? All of Egypt prospered (Genesis 39-41).
But what was the source of Joseph's prosperity? Himself? His own intellect, hard work or luck? No. Joseph prospered because he found favor in God's eyes. Joseph was an upright young man who loved God, and God blessed him for his devotion. As a result, God's blessings spilled over in Joseph's life and affected those who were around him.
Would you like to be a blessing to those around you? Then devote yourself to following and serving God. Then see how he not only blesses you, but he also uses you to bless others.
Parrish Myers is a local minister. His column appears every other week in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com.