“Blessed is the man who…” Ps 1:1 NKJV
Here’s a scriptural key to being blessed: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly…But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (vv. 1-3 NKJV). A “blessed” man or woman tends to stand out because their character is deeper, their ideas fresher, their spirit softer, their courage greater, their leadership better, their concerns wider, their compassion more genuine, and their convictions more concrete. They’re joyful in spite of difficult circumstances, and show wisdom far beyond their years. And they are full of surprises; you think you have them boxed in, but they turn out to be unpredictable. When you’re around them you feel slightly off balance because you don’t know what to expect next. Over time you realize that their ideas and actions can be trusted. Why? Because they have a spiritual root system that goes down to streams of living water. Consequently, what they put their hand to “prospers.” And you can live this way. How? By setting your spiritual priorities in concrete. The arch enemy of spiritual growth is busyness, which is closely tied to something the Bible calls “worldliness”—getting caught up with society’s agenda to the neglect of walking with God. Any way you cut it, a key ingredient to prospering is—time. Not left-over time, not throw-away time, but quality time. Time for meditation; time for communication. Unhurried, uninterrupted time with God.