The children at the church I attend presented a musical on Mother’s Day evening about SAM – the Good Samaritan, and our responsibility to be a good neighbor with love for all, and to help those in need. They sang every note loud and clear! At the close of the musical they quoted five Bible verses from memory, perfectly.
The last memorization presented was the eight beatitudes from Matthew 5: 3-10. What does the dictionary say is a beatitude? Supreme blessedness or felicity! And what is felicity? It is a source of happiness, bliss, an instance of happiness.
Now that we know what a beatitude is, let’s think of the result of following Jesus’ teaching. Actually, Jesus is teaching about good attitudes that bring happiness, no matter the difficulty!
“Blessed are the poor in spirit (opposite of pride), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
These instructions from Jesus should be a goal that we set for ourselves. Our attitude shouts who we are in everything we do. I confess…I need to keep these godly attitudes ever before me! I need to BE these beatitudes! (a little play on words!)
In honor of my Mother (and Tami’s too, of course), I will close with this tongue-in-cheek she used to add… “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall bend but not break.” Mom always had great words of wisdom. That one puts it right where we all are…true?
Think on these things…..