A wise man once told his disciples that true happiness comes in this order:
Then I shall inherit the Kingdom of heaven (no longer an orphan, but a person with purpose)
When I mourn over the wickedness I commit in thought and deed
Then I shall be cleansed and forgiven (an unburdened heart)
When I’m meek (God’s unlimited power living through me but under divine control)
Then I shall inherit the earth (I am made of earth; my “earth” shall no longer be enslaved to wrong choices)
When I seek first God’s Kingdom—pursue righteousness over selfish gain
Then I shall be filled to satisfaction in all circumstances
When I am merciful
Then I shall experience mercy firsthand.
But wait! This gets better.
When I no longer choose to commit willful wrongs—a pure spirit and mind
Then I shall SEE God. For real.
When I become a peacemaker (only happens when I own forgiveness)
Then I shall be called son/daughter of God, (I’m given the ministry of reconciling people as I’ve been reconciled)
When I live in such a way that people harass me for doing what’s good and right
Then the Kingdom of heaven will be mine.
Sermon on the Mount, The Beatitudes of Matthew 5:1-12
Mourn the wickedness
Walk in meekness
Be pure in heart
Be a peacemaker
Endure harassment (for the above)
BLESSED are those who chose
A life worth living.
A life truly alive.
The Way of the Embattled Spirit