I stumbled over a blog the other day and it went sort of like this…
I am feeling very blessed this week. I am very blessed.
I have great family. I have great friends. I am a part of one of the most amazing churches on the planet.
My kids are healthy. My marriage is healthy.
I have a lot to be grateful for.
And so do you. Care to share one of the many blessings in your life? Leave a comment, I can’t wait to read them.
I am certain that many of us feel this way now or have felt this way before. The comment section following the blog attests to it. I think if we're honest, it's not terribly difficult to reflect on the many snapshots of our lives and find more than a few things to feel sincerely thankful for. This is good. We should be grateful for the good things in our lives. Reading the words of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 5 though, gives me a little different perspective into what it means to be blessed. Compare the post above to the passage below from The Message.
"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 ’carefull,’ 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 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.
Over and over again Jesus says, 'I am what you need.' When we come the crossroads of what we desire most and what we need most, and we find Jesus, it's then that we know what it means to be blessed. When Jesus came, he leveled the playing field. He spoke against the self important and the self righteous. Both the rich and the poor, the powerful and the weak, the saint and the sinner ... they all needed Christ the same and they all looked the same to Him. When Jesus looks into the eyes of the destitute, he sees the same thing he sees when he looks into the eyes of the elite. Need. God doesn't measure me on a scale. He offers the same satisfaction for my needs as he does to those who are seemingly greater than me. I am not lower class, second class, or head of the class in His eyes. I am simply His.
Father, give me Your eyes. Let me see those around me as You see them and as You see me. People needing You.