What happens when something becomes so popular (46 million #blessed hashtags on Instagram) is that it begins to get misused, and then people start writing about how it is being misused, and then people stop using it even when they could be using it. Another similar example is "ironic". Alanis Morissette wrote a song that gave whole bunch of examples of things that are not ironic and now no one knows what ironic means. I'm still confused!
On Saturday morning I went for a run with my iPod for the first time in a long time. I have been running sans music, but I dug out my old iPod out this week and brought it along. At one point a great song came on (Club Can't Handle Me - Flo Rida ft. David Guetta, by the way) and I started running as fast as I could and I was beaming as I ran. It was a beautiful morning, I am healthy and I can run. I felt blessed!!
I think we should still keep saying we are blessed even if it doesn't fit into the exact description Matthew 5 1-12, but we should be conscious of when we are saying it so it doesn't lose its meaning altogether, and then people start rolling their eyes. Perhaps it should have a more sacred use, for the big things that truly enrich your life and that you have a true appreciation for. And if you're so inclined, those things that are gifts from God, not just a really great cup of coffee.