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Thursday, September 13, 2012

September 13: You are Blessed When…

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NOTE TO SELF: You are blessed.

Wait. That’s not how it goes. Read it again. It says, “You are blessed when…”

The Beatitudes explain in full detail how we can and will be blessed. Blessings require something from us. We reap what we sow.

Here’s the full scripture taken from The Message:

"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.”

However, the language is different than any other version where it says instead:

“Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.”

Why then such a discrepancy? Is there a discrepancy?

“Meek” is a way to describe how we should live our lives. The Message version explains that when we live the way we should, and we are content with living righteously, morally, and lovingly—our true selves in God (because that’s the way He designed us)—then we will realize that we have more than money could ever buy.

When we live a life of gentle lovingness, we will realize that our friends and family will give it back to us. When we offer our time and help to others, we will discover that in our time of need we will receive help. These are things that cannot be bought. These are things that truly matter in life. And that is how we inherit the earth, not by “owning” it, but by reaping what we sow. It’s our inheritance for being who God has called us to be.

PRAYER: Father, help us to be meek, and teach us Your ways so we may be content with who You have created us to be. Help us to be more like You. Amen.

JOURNAL: Make a list of things in life that matter the most and can’t be bought.

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