Ruth 4:7-12

Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning the redemption and the exchange of land to confirm any matter: a man removed his sandal and gave it to another; and this was the manner of attestation in Israel. So the [h]closest relative said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself.” And he removed his sandal. Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses today that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and Mahlon. 10 Moreover, I have acquired Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, to be my wife in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance, so that the name of the deceased will not be cut off from his brothers or from the [i]court of his birth place; you are witnesses today.” 11 All the people who were in the [j]court, and the elders, said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built the house of Israel; and may you achieve [k]wealth in Ephrathah and [l]become famous in Bethlehem. 12 Moreover, may your house be like the house of Perez whom Tamar bore to Judah, through the [m]offspring which the Lord will give you by this young woman.”

Now, it’s likely this was a common blessing, that Ruth would become “famous in Bethlehem.” But their blessing dared to declare great things for their fellow man and woman.

Far too often we expect mediocre things, and get just what we expect. God didn’t create us for “meh” things, He created us for good things. “Good” being the word used to describe the creation of the world, not the bland sort of “good” we often think of today.

So be sure to encourage those around you to do great things, expect them, and do anything you can to help them achieve their dreams (don’t forget to chase after the dreams God has given you also).

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