Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Spilled Milk and Beattitudes

Good morning! I promise I won't always use Tawni's words of wisdom but check out what she sent in the "Thought for Today". It is me, again! Enjoying the time of healing with my foot and learning from all of this.

Challenge for the day; Enjoy the different periods of your life, even the bad ones, because you know that they shape the person that you are and the story that you tell. You've heard the expression, "Don't cry over spilled milk" I add---Don't cry..just wipe it up and get on with life already! LEARN! Pay attention so you're NOT spilling the same glass of milk over and over again!---Then...you may have something to cry over.

Her thought reminded me of the Beattitudes in Matthew. I opened up my Bible this morning and read it in the New International version. But then I checked it out in The Message. Even closer to home this morning -- enjoy!

Matthew 5: 1-12 "When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said: 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 'care-full,' 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 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. 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. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don't like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble."

1 comment:

The Farmer's Wife said...

norSpilled milk is one thing...exploding 7-Up cans are quite another. (We had one last night and are STILL finding sticky!)

Thanks for the kick start this morning! I can get pretty focused on the spilled milk in my life, without being grateful that there was milk to spill in the first place.