I was reading the message bible over coffee the other day. Ryan was telling me about a specific scripture and what it meant, which led to his blog: www.ryanbakerbarnes.com. Go on, read it. He has pictures and stuff He’s currently recording an album so there’s a lot of fun stuff from the studio…
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Matthew 5: My thought for the day…
3“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
- However I feel, if I’m happy/tired/exhausted or content, in every situation with less of me there is more of Him…..
4“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.
5“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.
-I was thinking about the spectrum of happy—content. How they are such similiar words, mean different things, evoke such strong reactions. I think I am a happy person, some friends who I knew from years ago saw me recently, yeah they’re a pretty sweet couple – he writes songs for… Justin Bieber... and they said they ‘liked my energy’ I guess that’s what happy means. Content, however is what it says in verse 5: blessed with just who I am. No more. No less. No more money, no less pounds (lb). No more. No Less. Of anything will change anything. Nothing at all. The moment I find myself: I feel as I write, create, dream, believe that I am finding myself. The journals full of writing. The back pages full of lists of things I want to do. None of which cost money. None of which I’ve completed – all of which I should. Most. Definitely do. As I approach my thirtieth birthday (9 months away!) I want to be getting things ticked off my to do in life list. I will be content!
6“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.
7“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
-Totally amazing principle. I care, keep on caring, the care ‘tank’ fills up and when I need care there’s care for me – by someone else blessing through care. LOVE IT. I want to develop this caring gift.
8“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
-Want to realign everything, I want my inside world – emotions, thoughts, feelings – to be right!
9“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.
10“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
-Ok so I would have left this one off. But being committed means persecution is likely? Dislike the phrase persecution, but I shouldn’t if it’s in the Bible. I want to be driven deeper into the Kingdom, but driven without a fight. Nope. That doesn’t work. I will be a blessing, I will stand up for Godly principles, I will raise my children in a Godly way. Yes, I get it now those things do cause some controversy – and I think I’m not radical…! Persecution, therefore, does not have to be public humiliation, it can be a comment, a criticism, or even a question. That is how it works, a gentle but continuous pulling down of character …
Blessed, more than I know or realise. A x