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The Beatitudes - Part 3

Posted: June 21, 2019

“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 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 5:1, 5

Ok, I’m a proud minimalist. Most people think minimalism is about owning the least stuff. It’s not, actually, it’s about owning the RIGHT stuff. And that’s going to look different for each person.

Contentment is so fleeting in our culture. For one thing, we can’t even define it - it’s a lot farther from happiness and a lot closer to joy. Contentment is “not wanting more.” By that definition there are a lot of areas we should NEVER be content in! (Relationship with God, closeness in marriage, mental and emotional health, to name a few)
But in practical needs, stuff, gadgets, money…finding contentment without more of these is like gold.

Father, help me be content no matter what I have or don’t have. Help me to see Your blessings all around me. Amen!