Out in the highways and byways of life

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Out in the highways and byways of life,
  Many are weary and sad;
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife,
  Making the sorrowing glad.
  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.
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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.
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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.
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Randy

Saint Paul, MN, United States

When I was a teen, I sang in an interfaith choir for a while. A song that grabbed me then, and has remained a song in my heart still, was titled, “Make Me a Blessing”. It seems that when we turn our focus away from self, unexpected things happen. Other peoples’ lives get impacted, and one’s personal issues and distractions diminish.

When I try to merge into traffic on the highway, or catch someone wanting for patience trying to scoot around my car, I realize how much I still need to surrender to become the blessing that the song beckons me to become. As I ease off the accelerator I whisper a prayer: “God, bless that person, and forgive me for allowing myself to become an adversary.”

I would that my life be completely emptied of self, so that when God turns my life on end and looks through it, He sees nothing but a hollowed out Me. I would that if He looked through my life at Jesus Christ, He would see nothing but Jesus Christ. If I am truly emptied of myself and hollowed out, then I can be used as a channel of His love and grace. If you would talk to my family and friends, they would confirm the desire I have to be a blessing, but they would also point out that I’m a work in progress, and have far to go to completely, or even adequately, reflect Jesus Christ.

But, that I be made a blessing is still an over-arching desire in me. If the choice were mine, I would make it so. But I am not God, nor do I presume to usurp my wishes over those of our God and Creator. However, He put the song in my heart and brought me here with this desire in my heart, for His purpose. I pray for patience to allow Him to perfect His purpose in me, to the benefit and blessing of my brethren and sisters.

In the Gospel of Luke I read that the common people received Jesus gladly. Jesus is quoted as saying that God is benevolent, even to those who are ungrateful or are evil. If I had some other image of who God is, that verse makes me replace former conceptions with one that is a bit more expansive. In the process, I change my relation with God and my fellow man. If this God, this Creator, is my Father, then I too must be benevolent to all, including those who are ungrateful or evil. This is the essence of GRACE. In Jesus, there was no “them and us”. In Jesus, there is only “us”. In me, there needs to no longer be any “them and us”. In me, there needs to be only “us”. It is an easy process if you think about it. It requires one simple redirect: move from living your life in your head, and start living your life out of your heart. Living in your head keeps focus on self. Living in one’s heart, moves the focus from self to others. If there is to be no “them and us” in my life, I need to move out of what my head is presuming, and follow the acceptance of things as they are meant to be in my heart.

I would love to fellowship with heart people.


Sam

TX, United States

I am a Bible study teacher and each Sunday I try to end our lesson with a hymn. This week the study was in Acts 10 on Peter and Cornelius. This song came to mind of how two men from such diverse backgrounds came to be a blessing to each other and those around them.


Nan

Elizabeth City, NC, United States

We have chosen to use this hymn on Sunday as a Mothers Day appreciation for one of our ladies who is a wonderfully, faithful servant of the church! An old song with a powerful reminder!


Margie Renegar

Huntsville, Alabama, United States

The Lord brought this song to my memory today! What a blessing this hymn was and is! Thanks for this site!


Gloria Spencer

Conyers, GA, United States

My experience was similar to Bob's. The chorus came to me from years past as I was waking. It was the expression of my heart's desire. Singing it brought verses 1 & 3 to my memory. Thank you, Holy Spirit. I hope to live it today.


Anonymous

Great old song, been singing it for over 65 years, it's Christ's commission to us when He ascended!!!


Bob Shank Jr

Tucson, Arizona, United States

As Ashley, I sang this song in a Baptist church (but in Chicopee, Massachusetts) as a youth almost 60 years ago. I had forgotten it until it popped up in my head this morning shortly after I woke up. That was a blessing all on its own! I even remembered some of the words, but eventually wound up on this site to read and sing them all again. Thank you for this old favorite so much!


Ashley

New Braintree, MA, United States

I sang this song more than 40 years ago as a young Christian in a Baptist church in the state of Rhode Island. One of my good friends' mother basically chose this hymn as her life song. She has since passed into glory so I say to Jesse, may The Lord make me a blessing to someone today.

I pray that God will open our eyes to the many broken and lost souls right within our sphere of influence so we may be used by the Master to be His blessing to someone today. To Him be all glory and power-Halelluhah!


Emmanuel

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines

You know, when I sing this song I ask myself this terrible question, "Lord, am I a blessing to everyone? to everybody? to my parents? to my friends? to the brothers and sisters? and if not, am I a curse?" And the Lord answered me.

And I prayed to the Lord, Lord if I am not a blessing then

make me a blessing!

Brothers and sisters, we need to praise the Lord, for He became a blessing to us. If we feel that we are not a blessing to anybody, the only thing we should do is enjoy and pursue Christ as a Blessing and eventually we will become a blessing to everyone." Lord make me a blessing. Praise the Lord!!!!


sangster

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

This song is more like an anthem to me and in my life