Wednesday, January 28, 2009

You're Blessed...

I found a book at Goodwill this weekend called Stories of Jesus. Under the title in small letters, it reads, 'From the Message, A Contemporary Rendering of the Bible By Eugene H. Petersen.

I have it sitting in my bathroom on the edge of my tub. When I get up every morning, I pick up the book and just open it, and read one of the stories. Here is what I read today. It is his interpretation of Matthew 5:1-12, and it is called Less of You, More of God.

When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, He climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committted, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what He said:

"You're blessed when you are at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and His rule."

"You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you."

"You're blessed when you're content with just who you are--no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought."

"You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat."

"You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-full,' you find yourselves cared for."

"You're blessed when you get your inside world--your mind and heart--put right. Then you can see God in the outside world."

"You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete and fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family."

"You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom."

"Not only that--count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens--give a cheer, even!--for though they don't like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble."

Have a wonderful day!



5 comments:

Amelia said...

This is so right...blessing comes about in so many ways...oft times we just don't take the time or realize they are blessings - but that we just "lucky".

I am blessed because you have become a wonderful blogging buddy.

May God lead you!

Kristie said...

That is truly beautiful!
Kristie

Julie said...

Thank you for sharing!! I love the new background

BLessings,
Julie

Amy said...

so true, I purchased Fireproof tonight and going to watch this wknd. thanks ,have a good one

Gina said...

Beautiful

Love and hugs Gina xxx

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