By Maryann Makekau

Today, St. Patrick’s Day, join The Pink Fund in helping to bless others through our Pink Shamrock Campaign . . . donate just $17.00 on our website at http://www.thepinkfund.org and we will send you an Irish Blessing.        

An important phrase that guides my life is “bless others and you will be blessed.” That philosophy has prompted me to try new things and embark on bold paths, with the intention of sharing hope and blessing with others. At times, doors that have been opened are only to be closed again. Yet, I knew that I had planted a seed of hope, even if it was a brief encounter. More often, though, I’ve been left speechless by what happens when I set out to be a blessing to others.

Lately, I’ve been on the receiving end of my dual-blessing philosophy. Seeking sponsors for a book event led me to a community of sponsorships and volunteers—all because I sought to bring hope to those confronting Alzheimer’s disease. Meeting with military chaplains for a proposal led to a request for a series of programs and a retreat workshop—all based on two little books that I wrote to bless military families. Brainstorming with another organization led to a benefit concert for a young mother who’s fighting stage 4 cancer and two award winning artists donating their talent—all because of a bold approach to bless a hurting family.

My work and my ideas aren’t the significant part of those blessings. What’s significant is how they’ve left me speechless. My dual-blessing philosophy never plays out exactly as I imagine—it’s always better than I imagine. The child inside of me pictures God grinning from ear to ear; He grins when my actions bless others and He grins when I am speechless. Those who know me well would tell you that I’m not often speechless!

Even in the disappointing moments when the door closed, I never underestimated the potential for blessing. That meeting with the military came one year after planting a seed. Immediately or years later, the full circle of blessing always leaves me absolutely speechless. Try something new and embark on a bold path. Bless others and you will be blessed—beyond your imagination!


Maryann Makekau, Author & Inspirational Speaker

Founder of Hope Matters


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