“Are you ready for your blessings?
Are you ready for your miracle?”
On June 25, 2017, Chance the Rapper received the Humanitarian Award at the 2017 BET Awards. Most people probably saw that, but in case you didn’t, now you know. Before he accepted the award, a short video montage was shown explaining why Chance won the award. The video detailed all of Chance’s philanthropic work with the Chicago Public Schools, his large donations and some background info on his charity, SocialWorks. Seeing the video and hearing Chance’s acceptance speech made me love him as an artist and person so much more. Most people know Chance the Rapper’s backstory, probably more than me since I was a little late to the game in terms of appreciating his music. I started really getting into his music when Coloring Book came out, but I went back and listened to his older mixtapes and songs. I love Chance because he has a different sound and he uses his gift to bring light to other people, especially young people trying to make something of themselves. One of my favorite songs from Coloring Book was Blessings (Reprise) featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Anderson .Paak, BJ The Chicago Kid, and Raury. When this song first came out I could listen to it all day, non stop. I loved it so much. Even now, I can listen to it a few times in a row and not get tired of it.
Usually, this song gets me hype and excited because it reminds me that my blessing is coming. In the hook, Chance’s lyrics tell how he made it despite the odds, and gives a reminder that your blessing is coming. This part gets me every single time because it let’s me know that the one thing I’ve been hoping and wishing for so desperately is on its way. God heard my insistent prayers, and He’s going to deliver it soon. I’m going to make it despite it all. My dreams will come true.
But, one day as I was driving home, I was listening to Blessings and I heard something different. I didn’t hear the promise that all my dreams would come true. As I listened to the song, I heard a deeper question, and I asked myself: “Am I ready for my blessings? Like, am I REALLY ready for my miracle?”
Many of the things we want in life require us to prepare for them or work hard for them. You want a nice, toned body so you can post your picture with #BodyGoals or #SummertimeFine? You have to work and prepare for that. You don’t get summertime fine by just wishing for it and hoping it comes. You make changes and push yourself. I think the same thing applies to other things we want in life. We have to prepare for the blessings we want to receive.
Heres an example from my own life: I am a girl with big dreams. I have dreams so big they scare me somedays because I have no idea how, when or if I’ll reach them. I have a deep desire to be successful and hold a top position at a major company, not only for myself, but for the people that are around me and come after me. I want to be able to successfully handle my finances so I can go on as many trips as possible without being worried if I can afford them or not. One day I want to be married to the love of my life and be able to cherish him and our kids in the ways they deserve. All of these would be amazing blessings to receive but I already know they come with so much responsibility.
I know somedays (honestly, most days) I am too selfish and worried about my own goals to love and cherish someone else (also, I’m not really a fan of kids at the moment, so there’s that). Right now, I know if I hit the lottery and have the ability to travel more, I would probably spend all of my money on dumb stuff and not invest it or save it. Sometimes I feel like I am too prideful to hold a top position because the power may go to my ego instead of using it to give back or teach others. So, everyday I try to make small changes to get in a better position to appreciate these blessings when they come. I try hard every day to have a positive attitude in the face of frustrations, difficulties and people that test my patience. I’m learning to save the checks I get now so I’ll be in the habit of saving when I start receiving my six figure checks. Every day I am prepping myself for the blessings and opportunities that are in my future.
Somedays, I get overwhelmed thinking about the long list of goals and dreams I have, and how much preparation it’s going to take to reach them. But when I get scared, God always reminds me that what’s for me is ALWAYS for me. So, if it’s meant to be yours, be real with yourself, put in a little work, make some changes and watch those blessings fall in your lap.
Written by Jasmin Hampton