Lux Thinking Aloud

#Blessed And Not Bragging

8:00 AM

You don't see the world as it is, 
you see it as you are.
-Krishna Saagar



They say "#blessed" is the new way to brag. Humble bragging, they call it.

I don't get it.

Since when did knowing, believing, claiming and declaring that you are blessed became bragging?

Here's my take on the hashtag blessed.


#Blessed And Not Bragging


Believe and declare

At The Feast, we are encouraged to dream big. We are conditioned to believe that we can because we are equipped. Because we are blessed.

We are trained to look for, recognize and focus on the blessings. We practice declaring we are blessed every day no matter what the situation is. We are reminded to always have a grateful heart.

The Feast's Declaration of Abundance includes:

Today, I proclaim that I’m God’s Beloved, I’m God’s Servant, 
I’m God’s powerful champion.
And because I am blessed, I am blessing the world
In Jesus Name, Amen.

I don't see anything wrong with declaring that beautiful truth. If you believe you are blessed and you want to use that blessing to bless others, that's a winner's mindset. Everyone will benefit from it.

"Faith Words aren't just mere positive affirmations; they open your life up to the supernatural power of God." (Bo Sanchez). Tweet this


Crab mentality

Wikipedia defines crab mentality as a phrase that describes a way of thinking best described by the phrase "if I can't have it, neither can you."

Can't we be genuinely happy for others and allow their story to inspire us instead? Envy kills.



Choose what you propagate

If you can spread rumors, trash-talk the government, a celebrity or someone you hate on social media, or share disturbing viral photos and videos, why can't you spread positivity?

In our world today, when you feel crappy or angry, you're free to vent out. People seem to like that even.

But when you post feel-good words or photos, you are a hypocrite, a liar or a bragger.

Sharing motivational quotes or heartwarming stories can make another person's day.

Sharing your blessings have always been a good thing. I don't see any reason why we should stop now.


There's no pleasing everybody

Critics will always find the wrong in anything. If they can't, they will make something up. Tweet this

Not everyone will be happy for you. Not everyone will celebrate with you. And that's okay. Unsubscribe From Other People's Drama.



Sad reality

It's sad when you think about it.

That the world does not believe in blessings anymore. That the concept of being blessed seems hard to process, accept and understand for many. That to be blessed seems too good to be true.

Are we really that far from believing the truth?

 

Sharing the good is false and pride whilst rumors, scandals and bad news spread like wildfire and amuse the public.

The truth that you are blessed is implied and written all over the Bible. Even if you are not a Christian, is it really that hard to believe that it is possible to live a life so blessed?

What's your take on #blessed?


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69 comments

  1. It's the negative drama that gets the world's attention I guess, not the positive blessings of God's promises to His children. Those that do not know such a loving God have a hard time believing that anybody deserves a blessing; it's unbelief.
    But...I believe you have what you say...and I'm in agreement with God's Word!!!!

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  2. I have every reason to shout on top of my voice that I am #blessed It's no bragging. I thank God that i still find a way to be a blessing to others. The truth is "you can't give what you don't have"

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  3. Yeah, let's CELEBRATE our blessings, Lux! Our lives are filled with these winsome gifts, right and left.

    Now ... for eyes to see ... and a heart filled with gratitude to give thanks. Often.

    Weekend joys to you, friend ...

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  4. I actually have seen a few people on my personal FB page use "Blessed" as a bragging tool. How do I know this? Because I know them and they always brag to make themselves and their lives look better than everyone else. They even hate it when you share something good and show it too by openly downgrading your happiness. I totally believe in blessings, though, and know we all have things to feel blessed about.

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  5. Thanks for the post, Lux! :-D
    I think what matters it is the heart with which you post #blessed. If you're doing it to be spiteful and want someone to see that you have it better than them, then yeah, it's wrong. But if you have a heart that is just wanting to spill the joy, not negativity, then I think it's fine. Having a thankful heart is an awesome thing, and we need to see more positive in this world that is so often weighed down with the bad.

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  6. You should certainly share your feelings of blessing with others. It makes people happy when others are happy.

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  7. Another great post! I am feeling blessed, too. I am thankful to God for everything! May God bless everyone on this Earth! Kisses, Liuba x

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  9. Declaring your blessedness is a way to rejoice and testify that there is really a living God who loves us unconditionally. I don't see anything wrong in admitting that you are blessed, especially when it resonates in every aspect of your life.

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  10. Wonderful post! With positivity comes the grace of accepting the many blessings bestowed upon us. #feeling blessed

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  11. Oh! wow! this is such a ghen ghen subject matter eh! Okaaaaayy! i totally understand the perspective you are coming from Bubba.. and i agree with you on The Faith point of view Lux.. But then we cannot deny the sincere fact that many of us use the #Blessed to show off.. I mean call me Young and Confused yeah, but there are certain folks i dont just follow on Instagram.. as they kinda use their wealth to put me down.. In my 23 years 8 months 12 days utterly confused mind yeah.. It eez very okay to "once in a while" show off GOD'S blessings to us on social media with very encouraging captions to back them up.. But when you use it to make other seem insignificant ehn! it is to that I dont just subscribe to at all at all.. Nice one Bubba.. this was a ghen ghen post as usual.. You do know that you are a great teacher dont you Lux toh sure?! You go gurl.. Biko I want my future geh friend to be like you when she grows up.. **covers face.. and the crowd goes.. Ooooossshheeey Turn uP!

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  12. I love your GIFs :) And I absolutely agree with you; feeling blessed is not bragging at all. It's a way to reflect on all the positivity in life and we should all do that! #blessed!

    WritingMonique

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  13. I love to share in other people's happiness and blessings, unfortunately, there's many jealous people in the world who do see someone declaring their blessings as bragging, very sad.

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  14. We need to spread positivity to us and to the world. And...yeah, envy kills us :)
    Your posts are always blessed...
    I wish you a wonderful weekend ahead!

    xoxo
    www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

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  15. Wonderful post!
    Have a nice week-end!
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  16. I'm giving you a big hug and a high 5. You deserve it!

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  17. I love this post! I agree with everything, especially since I met so many people with the "crab mentality" lately, it's a real downer. I am not a very religious person, but I agree that you shouldn't use words that have such an important meaning to some people as a mean to brag.


    Fashionably,
    Patricia
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  18. This really made me think, I agree with so many of your thoughts.

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  19. While I am not a religious person I try (and it ain't easy!) to live by the rule that "if you can't say nothing nice, then don't say nothing at all".

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  20. Counting our blessings everyday is a great way to keep our self balanced in this crazy life. And there's a reason that "Do not covet" is one of the foundational laws of God! It does harm to those that do it! Thanks for the reminder.

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  21. Wow, there is nothing wrong with saying or feeling blessed... that is positive... keep stating it... that is what the world needs more of... I don't always feel blessed but I love hearing others say all the good in their lives it helps to remind me what is important xox

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  22. I don't think that being 'blessed' should be seen as bragging. I think it's more like being grateful :) I loved this piece, it was an interesting read

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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  23. True Words!

    lovely Greets <3

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  24. Wonderful post!
    Have a nice weekend!



    Kisses


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  26. Great reminder! It's about time we focus in the positive things!

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  27. Being blessed and expressing it should not be taken otherwise..I totally agree with you..We should be happy when we see people sharing their happiness

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  28. People care way too much about what others are doing and thinking. The world would be a much better place if they didn't.

    / Avy
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  29. I was caught by your closing remark, "...rumors, scandals...spread like wildfire" – I welcome #blessings just to counteract that wave of ugliness. Well stated post<3

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  30. YES to everything! Like, I don't get it. You're totally allowed to feel #blessed because of the people in your life, the things you've achieved and accomplished. I don't see it as bragging at all.

    x- Naomi in Wonderland

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  31. Wow, Lux! Great, great message here, my friend! Your words are spot-on and I am in agreement with you 100%! We should be blessed and proud! Thanks for sharing this! Peace and many blessings to you, Love! :-)

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  32. In my view, blessings come from God, and if we "brag" about our blessings, we should "brag" about how great God is! Bragging is a very negative word and I don't like it. LOL! :)

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  33. Great post! To have a positive life, we need a positive mind, and overall, we have to put God above all and see that His love for us is infinite and that's why we are blessed! =)

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    Jessica

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  34. Being blessed isn't bragging for someone else, it's affirming that God has blessed you and thanking him for it. Those who do not understand that, shouldn't even be noticed or concentrated on. If you know what God has done for you... that's all that matters. Great post.

    Kia / House of KTS
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  35. Feeling blessed is a good thing. Spreading happiness and positive energy is great too. :) Sharing our blessings shouldn't seem like bragging because it isn't- it is being thankful for the good things in our lives.
    ~Jess

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  36. Blessed and BRAGGING!!! Do it!! Be so proud!

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  37. Such an interesting article, and I love this idea of spreading positivity! Have you heard of random acts of kindness, they're brilliant

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  38. What people don't understand is that when you say you are blessed, you are not bragging on your self, but are bragging on God. They do not understand that Spiritual blessings can out number material blessings. When we affirm the positive scriptures in God's word, it builds us up in our must Holy Faith. We grow and become more like Him. Yes, we are truly blessed and often that will include the material things as well. Thanks for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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  39. Very true! I on't think saying your blessed means you are bragging I think of it more as you are lucky for what you have :)

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  40. Really? I had no idea but I don't care what people think anyway. Everyone should be free to do as she/he loves unless you don't harm anyone :D

    xx

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  41. I've known some that brag away with Blessed. Very few of them are positive too. And yep, no way you can please everybody no matter what you do.

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  42. I believe in sharing blessings to give hope. God is no respecter of persons, if He will bless me, He will bless all His children. He does it according to our needs and His purposes in His timing.

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  43. The GIF's always make me laugh :) Great read!

    Shauna

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  44. The GIF's always make me laugh :) Great read!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  45. This is a very thought-provoking post! <3

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  46. I believe this Lux....what we believe and think become our filters in how we see the world. When I lived on life's edge, I saw life as dark, hopeless, and distrusted everyone. Now, I see life as amazing, loving, kind. That's because of the change He did in me. Hugs and wishes for an amazing day.

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  47. I don't think blessed mean bragging though. I am one of those people who feel blessed in my achievement, and I mean it :) However, I dont used the hashtag though lol

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  48. Really nice article - I so agree! I often say outloud even to myself how blessed I feel - and to me - it's acknowledging all the Good that God gifts us with when we are aware enough to notice it - but also when we aren't aware and sleeping - the gifts just keep on coming - we don't recognize them though. Miracles are natural - just have to open our eyes to see that.

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  49. I think you should believe what you believe and reach for the moon. That's what life is all about.

    Here in America it seems many want to take God out of everything. A dangerous thing to do.

    Have a blessed day my friend. ☺

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  50. Happy new week :)))
    A so lovely post...

    xoxo
    www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

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  51. Isn't it strange how even good things can be used for self-serving purposes. I've heard it called "the humble brag." I want my blessings to point to the One who gives them! Thanks for making me think today, Lux!

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  52. É, nem tanto! hahaha!

    Dá pra ser abençoado sem crenças. É só praticar o bem!

    Ótima quarta!

    Beijo! ^^

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  53. I think you are right... if you know that you are blessed, then be proud of sharing it to others di ba since it just a matter of telling other people that you are happy. It just so happen na nami misinterpret lang ng iba at feeling nila na nagyayabang na agad... pero siguro depende din sa intention ng nagshare.. di kasi maiiwasan na may ibang tao na gusto lang ipakita sa iba na mas nakakaangat sila
    thanks for another great post Lux...

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  54. I am not a Christian, or a believer. I am grateful for so much. And choose to step away from negativity. It does no good to anyone or anything.
    Lovely post.

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  55. Wow, I've not heard of people considering being blessed as bragging! But, I agree, I think we should spread more positivity instead of being so negative. But, for every new day that we wake up, its a blessing, so technically we are all blessed every day, it just depends on whether or not the person acknowledges being blessed I guess.
    Kitchen Tales

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  56. Amen, Lux! So much wisdom here and I'm in complete agreement with all that you've shared. Saying we are blessed is showing God's greatness, not ours. Sadly, people can turn anything into a negative connotation. Being blessed is an incredibly beautiful thing :).

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  57. Thank you for your open mind and heart.
    God is not glorified when we judge the motives of others, and truly all that we have comes from His hand.

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  58. I guess the negativity gets more headlines in the news media. That seems to be the world we live in. I hope to be a small light in the darkness that surrounds us. That is God's desire. I love your creativity this post Luxe. Very thought provoking! Also I was a huge Michael Jackson fan growing up. Love his music..classic. What an amazing talent that gone too soon. Thank you for sharing and have a blessed week!

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  59. I really appreciate this! It is so true... We are blessed SO THAT we can declare blessing! Thanks for sharing!

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  60. Dear Lux, I love this post. I am blessed in so many ways. To say so isn't bragging, it's simply the truth. And since I believe it is the truth, I will continue to tell others because I believe that is what God wants me to do. Now, thank you for blessing all of us with your blog. :-) Best regards to you from Seattle!

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  61. Using the #blessed hashtag can be a great way to reflect on your blessings and thank God for what you have. But it can also be used to brag about material wealth and lord your class status above others. I think whatever we post publicly should always be done with careful thought and contemplation. We should be honest with ourselves regarding our motivations to share something online.

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  62. lovely post, I truly do feel so blessed, thank you for sharing with me #mg

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  63. I think the way it is said matters too. Maybe some people say it in an arrogant way. If said in a humble way, it is not bragging.

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