This is not by any means what we normally think of when asking God to bless us. Maybe when asking God to “bless” our enemies or oppressors, but not when asking him to bless our family and friends. (And certainly not ourselves!)
How would this fly in the real world?—“Hello, Neighbor, may God bless you and your family with discomfort, anger, tears, and foolishness on this fine day and on many many of the days of your life.”
Who in their right mind would want to be blessed with discomfort, anger, tears, foolishness?
We would much rather be blessed with peace, comfort, prosperity, and happiness. In fact, this is likely what the vast majority of we humans ask for. The Joel Osteen positive-thinking prosperity-Christianity sells very well.
But if we really take this whole Christianity thing (or Islam or Judaism) seriously, if we really believe in God, in some version of the Judeo-Christian-Islamic God, then while we are here on earth above ground alive we are to be God’s hands and feet. That much is pretty clear. At least some portion of our time alive (and likely more—likely *much* more—time than we would prefer to think) is to be spent helping those less fortunate, those who are suffering.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
No hands but yours,
No feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which is to look out
Christ’s compassion to the world
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good;
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.
— Saint Teresa of Avila
We are not here for ourselves and our own gratification and for crossing item after item off our bucket list (unless our bucket list includes a lot of charitable projects and endeavors—i.e., starting an orphanage in Calcutta, et cetera).