How can we ourselves choose to heed a greeting like "have a blessed day" when we are blessed by means beyond our own capabilities?

It seems like an odd thing to say to someone when "being blessed" isn't really up to us; rather, it is completely up to God to bless us. So why do we say such things to each other?

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
First of all, I would not question the motives of people who say such things, or get into a theological debate with them. I would regard them as simply using a conventional expression that is meant to convey good wishes from their perspective to the person addressed, without regard to that person's personal perception of his current state of blessedness.

However, I would also dispute the contention in the question that "being blessed" isn't really up to us. A great deal depends upon conscious choices we make as to how we will approach and process the normal ups downs of everyday life (even if we view God, through His permissive or directive will, as the ultimate source of those events).

There are some people who, because of their particular predisposition, would be able to find something negative in even the most positive of situations (whether they do so from a religious perspective or not). And there are others who, although they might be in what objective observers would regard as the worst of circumstances, can still consistently find ways in which the situation can be viewed positively and put to constructive use (again, whether or not they might have a religion-based reason for doing so).

To me, this is confirmed by the repeated exhortations of Paul to the members of the congregations to which he wrote his epistles (as in Philippians 4:4, for example) to rejoice at all times and in all things, even though they might be facing ostracism, persecution, and physical danger for their beliefs.

Also, to me, being a Christian, and knowing Christ, makes it that much easier to maintain that orientation, because, regardless of anything that occurs in this life, Christians have the assurance that they are going to live forever with God.

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