I spent yesterday in Colorado Springs in an extraordinary meeting. 20 leaders gathered in the conference room at Focus on the Family to discuss “The Blessing Challenge” – an exciting collaborative effort with the goal of giving 1,000,000 children the gift of a blessing. If you’re not familiar with the concept of the blessing, it dates back to the very beginning of time.
In Genesis 1:28, right after God made man, the Scripture says, “He blessed them.” To offer a verbal blessing, give affirmative touch, and to ascribe value to a life is something that can have a profound impact on the success or failure of a child’s ability to live a life of fulfillment and purpose.
More recently, Dr. John Trent wrote a bestselling book called The Blessing in 1993 along with Dr. Gary Smalley. The book lays out clear instructions for giving – and receiving – a biblical blessing. In a revised edition to be released this spring by Thomas Nelson, the book will also serve as the centerpiece of this national movement for sharing the importance of giving The Blessing.
The really exciting part? There is an unprecedented spirit of cooperation among competing publishers to make this happen. Thomas Nelson, Lifeway, Tyndale House, and Focus on the Family were all represented in the room – all committed to making this a major push in the days ahead. And Dr. Trent, the guy in the center of the vision, stood up in the midst of the meeting and said,
“As I’ve looked back through the years at The Blessing, the one area we didn’t cover enough is what do you do if you missed the blessing. I believe that is where Ryan Rush’s new book Walls takes a significant role in this project.”
As outlined in my new book to be released in February, walls are unhealthy mindsets that keep us from living the life God intended. Of course, these walls are invisible. But, as The Blessing reminds us, these walls can also be inherited. That’s where the Faith Breakthrough becomes so important. With the biblical components of a breakthrough, anyone who has missed the power of a parental blessing can still walk in the blessing of God!
Earlier this week, I gathered for a prayer meeting with over 150 pastors from around Central Texas. I was asked to lead a prayer time surrounding the families of these leaders. We began by outlining the eight primary walls that people face, and then prayed specifically for the primary walls they were facing. Then, for the first time, I shared how the power of The Blessing can work for – or against – the walls they were facing at home. After some very moving testimonies from guys who had never received such affirmation from their fathers, we gathered about twenty of the pastors who were present in the center of the room … and blessed them.
The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that you cannot experience a breakthrough without some measure of The Blessing. And you cannot fulfill the call of The Blessing without first overcoming the walls that are separating you from this powerful, ancient principle. I’d encourage you to pick up The Blessing and Walls – not just because I am shamelessly encouraging you to buy my book, but because I want you to read the chapter on “A Promise Shared” in Walls, and the chapter on “When a Child Misses the Blessing” in The Blessing. It’s amazing how these principles go hand in hand.
I’m honored to play a part in the exciting Blessing movement to come! But you don’t have to wait on the movement – make a point to bless those whom you influence this week.