Posted by: Diane | November 23, 2012

You’re Blessed

I don’t really get the Black Friday thing.

I mean, I like getting a good deal just as much as the next person but I’m not much of a shopper, I am definitely not willing to fight the crowds and I don’t have the patience to stand in the long lines. My husband and I have been noticing that the stores in this part of Canada are jumping on the Black Friday sales band wagon too and we know a lot of people who are heading to the mall today. Not me – I’m staying put in my house. I’m thoroughly enjoying the roar of the waves outside my living room window – that’s entertainment enough.

I was thinking about crowd dynamics when I reread something that a good friend sent me recently – Matthew 5. 1, 3-11, The Message.  I had to snicker when I read the first line:

When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. there were times that Jesus chose to move away from the crowds too. I get that.

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on the attitude of gratitude and this morning, I was challenged with Jesus’ perspective on being blessed. He tells his disciples that some of the most difficult moments in life are times of blessedness…times to be thankful.

You’re blessed when you’re 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 or 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.

Powerful, wise words.

Others-centered perspective.

Thank you Jesus.

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