Sunday, March 29, 2009

Make Me A Blessing

MAKE ME A BLESSING Ira B. Wilson, 1880–1950 Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed. (Proverbs 11:11) Nothing is lost that is done for the Lord, Let it be ever so small; The smile of the Savior approves of the deed As though it were greatest of all. —Unknown We are of little value to our Lord if we do not produce fruit for Him. In fact, the command of Scripture is to bear “much fruit.” Regardless of the task to which God calls us, whether it be great or small, it will receive His promised blessing when we do it faithfully and with sincere motives. The Scriptures also teach that our deeds of compassion and mercy must be done with cheerfulness, never simply out of duty (Romans 12:8). St. Francis of Assisi said, “It is not fitting when one is in God’s service to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.” Representing Christ and serving others must become a normal, happy lifestyle as we “carry the sunshine where darkness is rife.” The text of this hymn was written in 1909 by Ira Wilson, a musician associated for many years with the Lorenz Publishing Company, serving as editor of the popular periodicals for church choirs, The Choir Leader and The Choir Herald. The music for the hymn was added 15 years later by George Schuler, who served for more than 40 years in the music department of the Moody Bible Institute. Throughout his lifetime Mr. Schuler contributed much fine music for both vocal and keyboard use. “Make Me a Blessing” was first introduced in 1924 at a Sunday school convention in Cleveland, Ohio, where Schuler had 1,000 copies of the song printed for the occasion. It was received with much enthusiasm, and these words have since been widely used to challenge believers to make their lives useful to God. Out in the highways and byways of life many are weary and sad; carry the sunshine where darkness is rife, making the sorrowing glad. Tell the sweet story of Christ and His love. Tell of His pow’r to forgive; others will trust Him if only you prove true every moment you live. Give as ’twas given to you in your need. Love as the Master loved you; be to the helpless a helper indeed; unto your mission be true. Chorus: 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. Simply breathe this musical prayer as you go forth to represent Christ. Ask the Lord to put someone in your path today that you can be a blessing to. In doing this you will find the blessing you receive is far better than you have given.

4 comments:

Ruthie said...

Thanks for stopping by my Blogoversary post. You are one of the friends that I have so enjoyed knowing!
Blessings.

A Note From Theresa said...

Hello Theresa here from A Note From Theresa. Just dropping by to say I'm back on the web and two pictures of our new house is posted.

Have a blessed day!

Seeking Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Aliene,
Thank you for reminding me to be a blessing to others. God is leading me and I want to do HIS WILL.
Many Blessings,
Bren

robert said...

Enjoyed a visit to your site very much. Glad to hear you appreciate our traditional hymns and gospel songs. (We are a dying breed, sad to say!)

Thanks for posting the words of "Make Me a Blessing." That should be the prayer of every born again believer. The story you tell of the background of the song is accurate, though there's an interesting twist that I include on my blog, Wordwise Hymns today. (Today is the 129th anniversary of the birth of Ira Wilson, the hymn's author.)

I encourage you to join others and be a regular visitor to my blog. Each day I post something that happened on that date in hymn history.

God bless.