S2 E5: The B.L.E.S.S. Rhythms

Join Gary Kendall and Brooke McMahan as they discuss the BLESS Rhythms. In this lesson, we talk about how to develop a rhythm of life that’s as natural as breathing. We want it to be natural for us to receive God’s blessings and then pass them on to others.

Transcript

Welcome to the BLESS podcast, where we join Jesus, where He is already at work. We dream of the day when every home in America is adopted by one or more persons living the Pray, Care, Share and Disciple lifestyle. Your host is Gary Kendall, Catalyst for Love KC and the National Prayer Mobilizer for blesseveryhome.com. Gary works with founder Chris Cooper and the team at blesseveryhome.com to equip you to live on mission where you live, learn, work and play. If you haven’t yet signed up to adopt your neighborhood, you can do so at blesseveryhome.com. Now, let’s turn our attention to this episode of the last podcast.

In the second season for the BLESS podcast, we’ve been talking about the online tool we created called an Online Discipleship Course and have been teaching through the tool in these podcasts. Brooke McMahan, my guest, and I have been doing this together. Welcome, Brooke. 

Brooke: Hi there! 

Gary: Today we’re going to talk about the BLESS Rhythms. We refer to this on the online course so you can find more information there, but Brooke and I are going to share with you how this can help us as a way of prompting us to remember to share the blessing we’ve received from God into our everyday life. You know, the God that we serve is a God of blessing. It’s His desire that His children would know He’s good and that He’s for us. Not everybody knows that’s not the way that people think about God in many cases, though. The first lesson on the online discipleship course is titled ‘It’s All About Love.’ One of the things that sets God apart from all other contenders for that title is His fierce desire to bless His children. The guy that the people of Israel knew as ‘Yahweh’ and that we know as our Heavenly Father is not only a Creator and our Sustainer, but He’s also Savior, Healer, and Helper. There are so many good things in all of that; it could be a podcast all on its own. The story we find ourselves in is that, over time, even with the goodness of God and His blessing in our life, we still go our own way, selfishly. Inevitably, we seem to find our way to a self-serving path. We try to find life apart from God, but when we do, God doesn’t manipulate us or control us when we sin. In fact, He loved us so much that knowing everything He knows – and He knows it all – Jesus went to the cross before we ever lived, to pay for our sin in advance. The Bible tells a story of God standing with open arms to welcome us home. We won’t find any other ‘home’ in any other family that’s better than the family of God. I call this God’s blessing. This is God’s blessing to His people. He’s for us and not against us. His ways are good, right, and true. In Him, we find life and salvation is found in no other name than the name of Jesus. So, Brooke, we now get this privilege of extending this blessing that we’re receiving into the life of others. Today in this podcast, we’re going to talk about how we have a rhythm of life that’s as natural as breathing. We want it to be natural for us to receive God’s blessings and then pass them on to others. So are you up for talking about living a life of blessing today? 

Brooke: I would love to. Gary, if people really knew the goodness of the God we serve, they wouldn’t want to live life any other way. But I get it; I know relationships are a process. Many times people go through a discovery phase before they believe. Even then, there’s often testing before they dive in deep.  Today we get to imagine how we might help someone find that path of God’s blessing. As we think about the BLESS rhythms, we get to think about how God has blessed us, and then strategize how we can share that blessing with others. Let’s begin with this Scripture. That’s always a good place to start, right? 

Gary: Always. 

Brooke: In Genesis 12:1-3, the Lord said to Abraham, leave your country, your relatives, and your father’s home and go to a land that I’m going to show you. I will give you many descendants; they will become a great nation. I will bless you and make your name famous so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse those who curse you. Through you, I will bless all the nations. Abraham was probably the greatest, most prosperous, blessed man of his day. God’s word to him was clear. He was blessed to be a blessing. He wasn’t gifted by God to hoard God’s goodness, but to be a source of blessing to others. A good question for you is, are you more like a river or a lake? Think about that for a moment: A lake is still. It’s not moving. It’s stagnant and can get stinky, but a river keeps flowing. The water stays pure. When blessings flow to you,  do they stop with you? Or do you pass them on? 

Gary: That’s a good question. It maybe depends on the day. You know, I think about it like this, God, in His goodness to us on earth, has given us everything we need for life. A good loving father would do that for his kids, but part of God’s expectation would be that we would have to share the resources we have. Maybe when we look around and we see places where there’s lack in the world, it’s not that God hasn’t been good, it could be that we haven’t shared. God really wants us to be co-creating with Him. He created the world, but then He’s given us a part to play here. Sharing resources and things that we need for human flourishing are probably already here on this earth. We have the responsibility, in a sense, to redistribute them, because not every country, not every place has all that they need. But if we share, everybody could have all they need. My experience says that I tend toward independence in my life. My wife would tell you that. But when I listen to God, I keep hearing a higher calling for my life is interdependence. We need each other. So it isn’t just Abraham that’s blessed to be a blessing. It’s also me, and it’s you. There’s a biblical principle at work in the Scripture. When we receive it and pass it on, we actually make room for more. In so doing, we’re twice blessed: we receive, and then we’re blessed when we give. No doubt we’re again because we see the reaction on the other person on this cycle of blessing just continues. If we stop blessing, then I bet we don’t have room to receive more. The blessing could stop for us, too. The well of God’s goodness in our life could actually dry up. 

Brooke: Yeah, that’s a good point, Gary. The story of Abraham’s life bears that out. Abraham gave his nephew Lot the choice to choose where he would live. Lot chose the best for himself, only to later lose the land. Abraham let other shepherds have wells that were in dispute. But despite his generosity, God continued to prosper Abraham and give him more. You can’t outgive God. God places you near neighbors, coworkers, friends and relatives. No doubt God’s blessed you in numerous ways. If you hold on to what he’s given you tightly with tightly clenched hands, your hands won’t be open to receive more. But as you open your hands and give, they’ll already be open to receive again from God. A good way to start every day is to breathe a prayer of gratitude to God for His blessing. Then pray again for God to show you how to be a blessing to those around you. 

Gary: That’s so good. What a healthy way to start the day with Thanksgiving. So we’re really talking about a perspective shift, a perspective of gratitude. As we keep that perspective throughout our day, ideas will begin to flow into our life of how we can be a blessing to others. Some ways that come to my mind are speakig kind words, volunteering in our community – perhaps at a school or donating to a charity. When I say donating, I mean more than just money. Sometimes we can give of our time. We can share food. There are food pantries that would love to have some of the things we could share with them. In fact, when we buy groceries, it might be a good idea to think about things we could buy to give away. There are other ways to be a blessing, like sharing our story or our testimony, praying for someone in need, or perhaps just looking someone in the eye and listening. It’s amazing how one simple little skill blesses people. People were almost stunned when you look them in the eye and listen to them. Our culture goes so fast; people don’t even expect that. It’s like they’re shocked when you do. So we’re blessed to be a blessing. When we bless others, we find our heart is full and not empty. At the same time, others’ needs get met. So we’ve doubled down on the blessing. Proverbs 11:25 says, ‘Whoever brings blessing will be enriched; the one who waters will himself be watered.’ 

So in the earlier lessons, Brooke, we learned about how we could love our neighbor. We commonly teach these three simple steps that anybody can do: Pray, Care and Share. But I’ve found that the word ‘Care’ needs a little more definition. So when we hear the word care, I often talk about the BLESS rhythms. The other two ‘Pray’ and ‘Share’ are a little more intuitive, I think. So when we come to this idea of ‘Care,’ let’s define it a little bit today by using an acrostic. An acrostic is where each individual letter can bring a new thought. So the beginning letters of a word remind us of a whole new thought. With that in mind, we’re going to look today at what the acrostic BLESS means.  I have a friend; you know him, too. I’ll let him be anonymous here, but one of the things he often says to me is, ‘What does BLESS mean? Because we’ve got a BLESS podcast and blesseveryhome.com people sign up for, but what does it really mean?’ So we’re going to try to lay this out today for our friend. In the case of BLESS, let’s think about it this way: B – Begin with prayer, L – will be Listen to God and others, E – stands for Eat with others, this is one of my personal favorites. S – is for Serve, and then Second S is – Share. Share my influence, share my story, and eventually share the story of Jesus. So again, we’re blessed to be a blessing. 

Brooke: I really like that, Gary. If we go back to the earlier story of Abraham, we could say the promise to Abraham represents God’s promise to all of his children. We could then say that I want my life to reflect God’s blessing. To accomplish that, I need to develop a lifestyle of practical daily rhythms. Is that where you’re going with this, Gary? 

Gary: Yeah, you’re on it. I mean, I would say to our listeners, if you practice one of these was rhythms every day, you’ll not only look more like Jesus, but you’ll probably help others find Jesus too. So let’s go to the B. When I think of the place to start, it’s beginning with prayer. Prayers are a starting place and then should be our priority throughout the whole day. As we think about blessing, let’s first pray for our friends, neighbors, relatives, and coworkers. Let’s do that early in the day. Then as we see people throughout the day, we can breathe a prayer for them when we’re in the same space with them. A simple prayer might be, ‘God, help this person to have more spiritual curiosity or help this person to know you better or to love you more.’ Maybe the person you sit with on a train, bus or a plane might not know God. Since you don’t actually know, before you start talking to them, you could say ‘God, queue up a little bit of spiritual interest in this person and bless them.’ 

Brooke: Yeah. Gary, don’t mean to interrupt here, but you could also pray for people to experience God’s presence and love, as everyone has pain points in their life. A lot of times when we see a person looking preoccupied, they might be trying to solve some problem in their world, something concerning that’s going on. So we could pray that God would break in and bless them with peace, with wisdom or hope. Prayer could be as natural to the believer as breathing. We’re breathing God’s love in, and then we breathe it out, looking to bless someone. 

Gary: Yeah, that’s good. In that way, it becomes like a habit, I guess. That’s really what we’re after. A good way of accountability is to pray for our neighbors using blesseveryhome.com. I took time this morning like I do most mornings, to pray for each one of my neighbors. I rarely miss a day. I’m glad for what’s called the Daily 5. Once you go to blesseveryhome.com and sign up, you set up a username and password. You’ll get a confirmation email that comes back to you. When you enter your address, you’ll get five of your neighbor names to you that come every day. 

Brooke: That’s so helpful. 

Gary: It’s usually sitting at the top of my inbox when I look at my email first thing. So I try to do it then so I don’t forget later. Just like today, it simply took time to picture my neighbors in my mind as I prayed for them. It’s great accountability and is so interesting to me that once I began praying for my neighbors, it’s almost like God queues up opportunities. If I’m not praying, I don’t get those opportunities. 

Brooke: Isn’t that interesting?

Gary: It’s almost uncanny how that works. So we begin with prayer. Then the second letter in the word BLESS is L. We learn to listen, listen to God, and others. There’s a rhythm here. We’ll repeat that word rhythm multiple times today that we pray to God for help. Then we invite the Holy Spirit to breathe out His blessing on others. So it’s in, and it’s out in a similar way. We listen to God, quiet the noise of our life, inviting God to speak, and then we are quiet enough to listen. You know, Brooke, every good conversation really should include some talking and listening, right? 

Brooke: Yes, that’s very true. I’m glad you mentioned that. Listening is the key to understanding, understanding in life, and understanding and relationship. A good prayer might be ‘God, how do you want to bless the world today? Help me to listen to and discover the needs of others and where You’re at work.’ Then be quiet and let God’s thoughts flow into your mind and heart because God will answer us. He tells us that if we need wisdom, to ask and He’ll give it to us. I don’t always hear an audible voice. In fact, I’ve never heard an audible voice. But many times I assume that the promptings or the thoughts that come to my mind next are from God. He’s not out to trick us. Now, I do test them by repeating them to God and asking, ‘Is this you God?’ I check them against Scripture for biblical reference, but I let God know that I’m willing and available. It’s not unusual for me to get an idea that I think comes from God in that time. If not at that moment, maybe later in the day, I get a thought that I think is direction from God. So before you can help others find Jesus, you need to listen to them first. Listen to their hopes, dreams, pains, and challenges. It’s not only in the quiet times that we need to listen. I try to listen even when there’s an argument. Is there something I can say or do to help? I try to keep my eyes and ears open to the needs around me. 

Gary: Yeah, Brooke, when I hear an ambulance go by and I hear the siren, I’ll often pray for the people involved. Sometimes if I’m with my wife, Belinda will say out loud in our car, ‘Let’s pray for those people right now.’ We don’t know what’s happening, but we know something’s going on. Another way would be to think about the local news. If you hear news on the radio or TV, it could offer a way that you could. It’s easy to assume that it’s somebody else’s story. But it might be that God wants it to be a part of our story, too. My wife, Belinda, and I go to West Side Family Church in Lenexa. When we started attending, there was a man named Dan Sutherland who attended there too. One night, Dan was watching the local news and saw some tragic news in the city. A building in our city, a church building, had burned down. It was like one of the features on the news. He could have just said, ‘Oh, that’s really sad,’ but he began to pray for the people involved. He didn’t know who they were, but he just began to pray for whoever they were. Then he felt like that God told him to find out who those people are. The next day, as he went into work, he was able to have some help from the staff there and was able to find the pastor. He reached out to them and invited the pastor and his staff to come over to West Side. He met with them. The first thing he did was offer them some very tangible help. After listening to their story to see what they needed, which included some financial help. It was a pretty significant gift. But the other thing he offered that might have been worth more in the long run was he said will mentor your staff because he obviously they knew they don’t have to relocate and do several things. 

Dan’s specialty is church planting. So this church was going to have to be replanted. I know that mentoring relationship, that’s been over a year, and a half is still going on today. So that was a way by just listening to the news queued up a really cool story. 

Brooke: That’s amazing. I love that. I mean, there’s needs and opportunities everywhere if we just have our ears and eyes open. We’re taking listening to a whole new level when we think about how to bring our resources to our disposal to others in need. I think that it’s great, but if I could take us back to a personal level for a moment, we need to listen in very practical ways to the people around us. I love being practical. God’s a very practical God. Listening is a learned skill. So, for example, have you ever assumed you knew what someone needed only to find out later that you were wrong? Dan had to listen before he just assumed. We want to listen to the people around us. We can imagine that God’s placed us in the lives of those around us to make a difference. So what would that look like in practical terms? We could say loving begins with listening. 

Gary: No argument here. Let’s move on to the letter E. This is one of my favorites. E – stands for Eat Together. Eating is one of the fastest ways to move a relationship from acquaintance to friendship. In fact, you could say it’s almost like the first thing people do. Think about dating, for example. If people are talking, they’re going to want to spend a little more time together. Usually it’s going to involve a drink together or it’s going to involve a meal together or something. We’re going to spend a little more time. So let’s think about it this way, Brooke, in a very practical sense, most of us eat three meals a day. We could assume that we do not everybody probably, but that’s 21 opportunities in a week. If you think about it, what if one or two of those could be used strategically? We think about a way to connect with someone who might be far from God or someone maybe his growing in their spiritual life. We could think about someone who needs community and be a little more strategic with our calendar. We plan most other things. Why not plan our meals? Certainly, there’s going to be some times that you’re going to want to eat alone or need to eat alone for a reason. But I think one or two times a week would be a meaningful and strategic thing to shoot for. What do you think? 

Absolutely. I totally agree with that. It’s interesting how many times in Scripture, we see Jesus using a meal time to teach some truth. Maybe The Last Supper is a time most people would remember, but when you look at how Jesus used his time, you would conclude Jesus was very strategic in how He used his meal times. There was a breakfast where Jesus cast vision for the disciples after His resurrection. There’s the meal with Simon at the Pharisees home, where He taught about humility. You could forget about the feeding of the 5,000. 

Gary: Okay, so if we’re going to bring this weekly rhythm into our own schedule, maybe we want to begin thinking about some things like this. What about inviting a neighbor family over for a meal or I guess we could go big and invite the whole neighborhood over. I could have a backyard barbecue or something like that. But maybe it’s good to get some small wins first. One of my good friends, Matt Adams, has this thing that he does with his neighbors. He lives on a cul-de-sac. So there’s Roy, only about six families right in his little cul de sac there. So what he does is, like three times a year or so is, he walks around, talks his neighbors and says, ‘Hey, how about this next weekend or two weekends away, let’s all bring some soup over to our house. Bring whatever you want, and we’ll just share it. You don’t have to stay all night. There’s no program; we’ll just plan to connect with each other and spend a little time together.’ And he said he’s always amazed, how if he gives people all week or two in advance, though, almost always take him up on it and have a great time. 

Brooke: What about finding those natural opportunities like sitting by someone at the break room where a lot of times people sit alone? Some restaurants have a community table. You could intentionally sit there and get to know the others at the table airports. I know they have that data flying. Everyone’s there to charge their phones. If you’re already part of a neighborhood community group, what if your group set aside regular opportunities where instead of a study you invited those who are far from God and ate together or throw a party? Imagine the love of God that they would feel and the conversations that would arise. 

Gary: Yeah, I like that. Okay, ready to move on? 

Brooke: Ready. 

Gary: Let’s go to that first S. There are two S’s in BLESS. So the first one’s gonna stand for Serve. I’m going to start off with a disclaimer that before we jump into serving, I probably should ask, ‘Have you taken time to pray? Have you taken time to listen, to eat with people, and develop a relationship if we have or serving is going to mean more?’ Now, that doesn’t mean that we can’t serve anybody and everybody, but in practical terms, people are going to going to receive it better if we already have built that relationship. 

Brooke: Yeah. As we think about serving the natural thing as a first, think about who we can serve. And I hear where you’re going with this. But since we are thinking rhythms of life, I wonder if we should think about serving others and letting others serve us. 

Gary: Yeah. Both ways. Right. That’s an interesting thought. Keep going. 

Brooke: So when we serve, it’s possible that if we’re not careful, we could do it in a patronizing way, as if we don’t let others also serve us. It’s natural that after we serve someone, they may want to reciprocate and we should welcome that. For example, if you’re going to buy someone’s coffee, you could say, ‘Hey, I’ll get this one and you can get the next.’ It suggests that you’ll do this again. 

Gary: Yeah, you know, it’s always drives me crazy, Brooke, if I’m with someone and they will never let me do something for them. They always want to be the one who buys when they want to do something for you. But they don’t ever reciprocate. It does feel more balanced if you know those giving and receiving. If I don’t have a tool around my house, for example, I go to my neighbor’s house and borrow a tool, provided I return it quickly and in good shape. 

Brooke: Hey, that’s a good idea. Or it may seem Old-Fashioned in today’s world of ordering everything online, but hey, if you need a cup of sugar or an egg, go borrow one from a neighbor. 

Gary: Well, do you really want to borrow an egg? 

Brooke: True, in that case, you won’t be giving it back, but you could share the cookie that you made with them. 

Gary: All right. That sounds better. 

Brooke: So who can you serve this week, or who can you intentionally include in your life when it comes to serving? Let’s say it that way. 

Gary: Let’s keep our eyes open to the needs around us. It’s OK to be super simple. My wife, Belinda, might be the best person I know in doing this. It seems like she’s always thinking like if she’s making something like a soup for us or something, she’ll almost always go, ‘Hey, I think I’m going to save part of this aside and take it over to someone.’ Then she’ll say their name. Or baking brownies and she’ll make two to two trays of brownies and say, ‘I wanna take the rest of these over to my neighbors.’ She just is always thinking like that. 

So we could admit that when we’re serving in ways like this, it can seem natural for some. But the reality is, all of us have opportunity to share. When we do, others are going to see Jesus in us. It might even prompt them to ask why do we care like we do, which leads us to the next, the final one in BLESS, which is S – Story. You can share your story or the story of Jesus and then encourage our listeners to share in bite-size story pieces here. You don’t have to give them the whole enchilada at once. In fact, if you try, you’ll probably see their eyes roll back into their head. We typically have about one-minute increments of time with people and always like to watch their body language. If I see them being ready for me to be done, then I want to be done. I try to find ways to share my story that might parallel the other person to get them thinking. One easy way to do that is to think about our present life situation. For example, you could choose the season of the year. Maybe it’s getting into the Christmas season or something like that. You could say something like, ‘Hey, you know, Christmas is coming. I’m excited about it. How about you?’ So they answer and you go, “Yeah, but I gotta admit, I’m a little uptight with all the things that have to be done. When I get that way, I usually just have to like talk to myself and say, ‘Back up, breathe deeply, think and remember the reason for the season that this whole thing is really about making more room for God.'” So I’m bringing God into the story of our everyday life. I might even conclude that thought with saying I find peace when I invite God to reveal Himself to me this year, just like God revealed Himself to a busy world. Originally, when He gave the gift of Jesus or something like that, I just tried to tie God’s story of my life into their life. 

Brooke: Yeah, I get it. I love it. Another way to think about something that is very recent. For example, ‘I’ve been praying recently for fill in the blank. And today I just got good news! I got a refund for my insurance. The timing was perfect. God heard my prayer.’ You could follow that up by asking if there’s anything they need prayer for some things. You asked them, ‘Hey, can I pray for you for anything?’ 

Gary: For anyone talking about prayer, many times it’s an acceptable subject in today’s world that might catch them a little bit off guard. Barna studies have shown that as many as like 80% of Americans pray, which I find very interesting. So when I see a study like that, I think, ‘I wonder who they’re praying to?’ Or what they’re praying about. But prayer is not a foreign subject. 

Brooke: Take advantage of it.

Gary: Yes. That’s what I’m getting at. I like to do that with my waiter or waitress. Many times when they come to the table that they take the order, they will almost always introduce themselves. ‘Hi, Gary. My name is Brianna. I’ll be taking your order today.’ ‘Hey, Brianna. How are you doing?’ Then all the little chit chat about whatever we’re ordering like the drinks or something. Then I’ll go, ‘Hey, Brianna, before we eat our meal, I always take time to pray and thank God for the food. Today, I want to thank God for you, Brianna. Is there anything you want me to pray about? I’d be glad to put it into the prayer.’ Sometimes it actually takes the breath out of the person. She was shocked that I brought up their situation. Sometimes people will say, ‘No, leave me out of it.’ But it’s amazing how many times they go, ‘You know what? There is something you could pray about.’ And they’ll tell me what it is. I’ve even had them begin to cry right on the spot and say, ‘Oh my gosh, right now I’m really worried about my dad because he has cancer and is going in for treatment today; or he’s going to find out more today or something like that. Several times we just stopped and prayed right in that moment. Including people in your everyday life is a part of this S is story. You’re telling your story. You’re involving their story or telling the story of Jesus. I just want us to be ready to enter into the opportunities that God gives to us. The Scripture tells us to always be ready to give a reason for our faith, but to do it with gentleness and respect. To close the podcast talking about this story of God, that’s the final S. We share our story, but we also share the story of Jesus. I like to use a simple way to talk about it called the three circles. 

The first circle is this circle of promise. I’ll draw a circle on a piece of paper and talk about how that at the beginning, God’s love for us was revealed in Him, giving us a paradise. There was a great promise that God loves His people and that God wants to be with His people. Because I’m usually doing this to tell the whole thing in like a minute’s time, I don’t park a long time on any one of these. But I’ll say, in this promise, God really wanted us to develop a relationship with Him, but inevitably, that gets swallowed by our own sinfulness because we all bring our selfishness and sinfulness into it. We don’t know God very well at the beginning. We often misunderstand Him and go our own way. All of us do; and the Bible calls that sin. God’s promise in this kind of marred. The second circle is called the problem. Once we’re in the second circle, then there’s a downward spiral. We feel distant from God and others, usually sometimes even feel shame within ourselves. This sounds like a negative story, but it has a good ending here that God has already prepared for this. He knew that we would reject Him. He knew that He needed to give us a chance but man would go his own way and find his own way. In that, he would discover His need for God. So it’s a circle of the problem that leads to a discovery that God has prepared for in advance by sending His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins. He’s already made a way back. The third circle is a story of redemption that God redeems our story and has paid for our sins. He says that if we will trust Him and follow Him like was originally promised in the first circle, we can be forgiven. We can be claimed as if God’s own son or daughter and are adopted into the family. Adopted was a word He’s looking for, adopted into the family of God. Our life has redemption. God takes the difficult things and the hard things and brings something good out of them and restores us unto to his original plan where we can walk with him. What I found about these three circles is you can really start with any one of the three. You could start with the fact of, ‘Isn’t it great that God has a promise for us that He filled the world with promise?’ That’s a great place to start. But sometimes people aren’t living in the promise. When you start talking about the promise, they think you’re overly optimistic. You could start with the problem and say, ‘Yeah, this really is bad, but this wasn’t always how God meant it to be.’ So you could start with the problem and go back to the promise and say ‘We arrive at this place because over time, I don’t follow God’s plan or you don’t follow God’s plan or on the world hasn’t. We’re out of kilter. God didn’t mean this for us. He didn’t originally want the world to be this way, but He’s allowed us to have consequences for our own choices. So here we are. But that’s not the end of the story, God redeems.’ 

There are times where I’ve started with the third circle and say, ‘You know, right now, we need a turnaround. Don’t we? We need a turnaround story.’ The good news is that we can have one because God originally promised. There was a problem, but He’s redeeming. Sometimes I can actually start with that. Everybody likes a comeback story. You can start with either the three circles that tell the Gospel and do it all within about a minute’s time if you learn to do it. I find that people will give you about one minute. When you learn to share the story and are ready, you can share it in a way that people will listen. So that’s one way how you could do it. 

Brooke: I love how they’re interchangeable, and you can just use any one of them. Those are easy to remember. So this has been really helpful today. So can I summarize for us? 

Gary: Yeah, please. 

Brooke: So we want to be a blessing to others because God’s blessed us. When we think of the BLESS rhythms, we think of giving and receiving. So we let the B remind us to Begin with prayer. L reminds us to Listen – Listen to God and others. E – We eat. We intentionally make time for others around food as we serve. S – We serve others and allow them to serve us. And finally, the last S is our Story. We share our story. Then share the story of Jesus. 

Gary: Yeah. Think you got it. So let’s live out these BLESS rhythms. I encourage you to listen to the podcast today and share it with others. I guess there could be a third S couldn’t there? S for share, not in the word BLESS, but share the podcast with others like it. Go ahead, like it, comment on it and pass it on. Let’s join Jesus where He’s already at work. 

Thanks for joining in today for the B.L.E.S.S. podcast. People often ask, what do the letters stand for in B.L.E.S.S.? We like to think of B.L.E.S.S. as a lifestyle where we: B – begin with prayer, L – listen to God and others, E – Eat together, S – Serve and S – Story, sharing your story and the story of Jesus. We not only pray that every home in America will be adopted by a disciple who lives this lifestyle, but also those that do will join their efforts to build missional communities where you live, learn, work and play. If you haven’t yet signed up for blesseveryhome.com, you can go there. You can find more from host Gary Kendall, including ways to connect outside of this podcast at lovekc.net. Thank you for being a part of this B.L.E.S.S. podcast. Today we invite you to subscribe to like it, share it and write a review. 

Now let’s join Jesus where He’s already at work.