Doesn't look much like a blessing now, but I can see the lesson from here. Can you?

Doesn’t look much like a blessing now, but I can see the lesson from here. Can you?

“The blessing is understanding what the lesson is.” – Bishop John Selders

The story of Joseph reminds me of the holiday movie, It’s A Wonderful Life. George Bailey just needs to be reminded of his impact and purpose is.

My friend has breast cancer. She’s recuperating and getting stronger after a double mastectomy and radiation and chemo treatments. It has been a long and emotional journey for her.

She called me the other day while I was listening to Darkwood Brew on podcast. I almost didn’t take her call, so as not to have my thoughts interrupted. Then I realized how stupid that was – my thoughts wouldn’t be interrupted, they’d be enhanced. I paused the podcast and picked up the phone.

As she recovers and comes out of her fog and sheer misery to totally break down her body so that she can build it back up again, she’s reflecting on her purpose of this entire life lesson. We talked about the story of Joseph.

Do you think Joseph knew what his purpose was while he was in jail and a servant to the pharaoh? If he’d known, I imagine it would have been so different. I wonder if he ever knew while living the impact he’d had.

We’ll never know the full impact of our good deeds. As Bishop Selders said, our purpose is to simply understand what the lesson is, and keep moving forward.

Sarah agreed to simply keep sharing her story to help others and understand the lesson. She needed to get off the phone so that she can make dinner for her beautiful family, her two daughters and husband – her purpose. Just by sharing her story with others, Sarah’s purpose is even more impactful.  All that she has struggled with, all that she has gone through, there is a lesson in it. Just like Joseph, she may never know her impact. But she’ll understand the lesson, and that is a blessing!


Leslie is a blogger for Darkwood Brew. She’s had her own blog for 9 years –, chronicling the crazy moments of mommyhood. She also has a column in HerLiving, a local Omaha Magazine. When she’s not writing, she’s laughing and/or eating with her very tall family: husband, Chris, and twins, Max and Lucy.  ***Disclaimer: Leslie is no theologian, minister, or avid Bible reader, but rather blogs on how Darkwood Brew episodes apply to a regular gal and what she’s learning along the way.

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