In a multicultural society with multiple national languages, understanding the meaning of any given word can be problematic. Any word has multiple meanings. Does one narrowing understand the word in the context of the original language? If so, does one use the version spoken locally or another variation? If not, then how many other ways of looking at the word should one consider?
Initially, I found the process difficult in Singapore. On one hand, it was an intriguing quest. However, was I willing to be patient (not usually one of my strengths)? I am finding that the more I explore the meaning of different words and phrases the more I actually understand! The process of opening my mind up to the possibilities is proving to be a quest worthy of one's time and attention. Communication shifts from being heard to listening with the intent of learning. Dialogue becomes a destination within itself.
One word that has caught my attention is “blessed”. What does it really mean? My personal understanding of the word is shifting. I find that practically it is a combination of two words. The first is empowerment. The second is belief. The equation unfolds when one believes in the empowerment that resides within. One has divinely blessed when one believes in Divinity and the empowerment Divinity has gifted each with. The understanding is incredible. I read that when “they were praying, the place where they were meeting trembled and shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God's Word with fearless confidence.” (Acts 4.31) I find myself understanding how the belief of what God has placed within us resulted in an extraordinary blessing. They were and we can be blessed.
As I walk into the multicultural reality I find myself in, do I see what God has and is doing in my life? Do I believe in God as described by the words compassion, mercy, and community? Do I believe in the ways God has and is placing these words in my heart, soul, and mind?
We are blessed.
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