The writer of this beautiful hymn isn’t asking God for much. He’s not pleading to be sent on a glorious mission, to be used by God to save masses of lost souls. He’s only asking to be a blessing . . . and to one person!
As a stay-at-home-writer, there are many days when my only real human interaction is with my husband, Mike. Sometimes it seems that being a blessing to Mike isn’t especially far-reaching or significant. But the Apostle Paul would likely disagree. In Titus 2:4, he says, “Encourage the young women to love their husbands . . . ” The list goes on — the young women are to love their children, be keepers of their home, etc. But what an unexpected first priority. In the book of Proverbs, King Solomon says that a wise woman “builds her house.” (Proverbs 14:1) I would say that the “house” is comprised of the people living in it. The group of people we interact with the most, the people God has chosen to be in our day-to-day lives — they’re our “house.” Ladies, our house is not only a cherished gift, it’s a mission.
I hope we can make Ira Wilson’s prayer our own, and be a blessing. That we can follow the instruction of the Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:11: “Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” And I hope that we can start with our own house.
Make me a blessing, make me a blessing,
Out of my life may Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray,
Make me a blessing to someone today.
Ira B. Wilson