Sunday, September 16, 2007


"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.

Matthew 5:3-5 the Message

I was reading the beatitudes this week and looked them up in The Message. I like the way the first three have been translated.

How many times have I felt like I'm at the end of my rope? Plenty, and I haven't necessarily felt blessed. But I do know I am blessed when my life is more full of Him. Why does it take me getting to that point to let go and let God?

And what about that third one? Can it get any more plainer than that? I need to learn to be content with who God has made me and what He has given me. Could this be the foundation of "living joyfully at all times?" I know I feel blessed when I'm living joyfully. If I want to feel this way all the time, contentment is key.

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Penless Thoughts said...

Philippians 4:11 "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned , in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be contentt."

It's the "whatsoever" that hangs us up!!!!

Ruth said...

The Bible study that I am a part of just recently went over the beatitudes using The Message Bible. It is quite insightful.

Momma Roar said...

I loved this. I have the Fruits of the Spirit from The Message on my wall in the den! It just makes sense!!

I love freecycle too - I haven't been active for awhile, but after this coming weekend's garage sale - I may need to jump back on my local group to move some more things along! Do you freecycle? I've gotten some things (books, school supplies) as well as passed on some nice things to others who could use them.

Lori said...

Great post.
I love reading the beatitudes.
So true we are so blessed. If we would just count our blessings everyday.

I feel at the end of my rope sometimes too. When this happens I read bible verses / passages and things seem so much better.