40. I am blessed as a son of God.

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40. i am blessed as a son of god.

some background. this book was first published in the 1970s. as such the social and cultural discussion about linguistic use of gender nouns and pronouns was different than it is currently (2018).

personally, i am not making an issue out of the lesson title or the current lingual situation. i simply will take the lesson title and make it: i am blessed as a child of god. by doing that, any person can refer to the noun child and begin to see themselves as part of god and a recipient of god’s blessings.

the lesson:
i am blessed as a child of god.

or
because i am a child of god, i am blessed.

personally, i prefer ‘because of i am child of god, i am blessed’ instead of my reworked title. why? semantics. for me semantics matter, they probably always will.

stated as ‘because i am a child of god, i am blessed’ it provides two things. one, an emphatic stated reason for why i am blessed. two, the emphasis is placed more on god than the blessing.

it is important to recognize that i am blessed, but for me it is just as or more important to recognize from where the blessings flow. hence, my second rework of the title.

some will argue that either way, it states the same. i reply, yes, but semantics convey things like modality and temperament, which are just as critical.

so, because i am a child of god, i am blessed.

of course that statement builds upon the previous lessons, and assumes that the student is tracking and moving along with the lessons.

but let’s reflect on the lesson title for a moment. what does it mean to be a child of something?

right now, as i was writing this, i had a song come to mind, part of the lyrics go:
a true nature’s child, we’re born, born to be…

as i was writing that, i had another song come to mind, part of the lyrics go:
i was born a coal miner’s daughter…

what is being expressed by those lyrics?

relationship, how one “sees” themselves in relationship to the world around them.

i feel certain the examples could continue, but two should suffice.

the issue of these lessons is about “seeing” differently.

for instance, if one “sees” themselves as a child of circumstance, then because of the circumstance, as a child, then they receive either benefit or detriment from that circumstance.

for instance, if one “sees” themselves as a child of turmoil, then because of the turmoil, they “see” themselves as a child having turmoil.

the examples could continue.

but the point of the lessons is to learn to “see” differently.

seeing differently in this instance helps if one “sees” that there is a god, a creator.

so it might be beneficial rephrase the lesson title again: because i am a child of the creator, i am blessed.

what does blessed mean?

in one instance, the word blessed means holy and consecrated. for that instance, the previous few lessons have addressed that aspect.

but the word blessed also conveys that one is blissfully happy or contented, and the word blessed also conveys the concept of protected.

yet, the issue, for me anyway, is that the word blessed has an ecclesiastical feel to it, which seems to convey that being blessed only is derived through one’s association with the ecclesiastical (church, religion).

so in order to remove the ecclesiastical feeling, what is a good synonym for blessed?

one synonym is favored, another is fortunate, another is privileged, another is happy.

from there, i am certain other synonyms could be found.

but let me rework the lesson title again.

because i am a child of the creator, i am favored.
because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate.
because i am a child of the creator, i am privileged.
because i am a child of the creator, i am happy.

take your pick.

i personally like: because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate; but that is my preference.

so what does it mean that because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate?

it is a matter of perspective, how i “see” things.

if/when i “see” my self in relation to the creator, i am not random, and i am not flotsam.

when i “see” my self in relation to the creator, i have purpose, and i have a holiness that is derived from the holy creator because of being brought into existence by the creator, for a unique and creative existence.

that means that the creator will place me in a location that enables me to understand how fortunate i am as the creator’s child.

that means the creator will be favorable to me, welcome me, provide me with opportunities, that are advantageous for me, and beneficial to my needs and circumstances, enabling me to “see” my self as highly favored and privileged.

admittedly though, that is a difficult thing to “see” especially when one “sees” themselves as a child of god but called to a life of poverty or suffering.

so this can be a real challenge to begin “seeing” one’s self as fortunate, and that the creator-given fortune is for my benefit and happiness.

consider the following:
because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate with the computer.
because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate with the car.
because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate with the building.

because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate with music.
because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate with ideas.
because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate with words.

because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate with politics.
because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate with religion.
because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate with money.

because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate with sexuality.
because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate with emotionality.
because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate with family.

because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate with my personality.
because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate with my mentality.
because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate with my physicality.

because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate with personal relationships.
because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate with marriage.
because i am a child of the creator, i am fortunate with personal problems.

the challenge is to “see” that the creator provides me with fortunate things even in the midst of potentially extremely difficult circumstances.

however: because i am the creator’s child, i am fortunate, and created to be holy and highly favored and privileged.

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