Many of you may be familiar with Jesus' Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes section. Each line starts with Blessed are.... I have read these verses in chapter 5 of Matthew's gospel many times.
Last week, I read them in The Message version and was struck by this verse. 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 5:5 The Message
I often get overwhelmed by all of the decisions this time of year. How will everything get done? Will I choose the right gifts for my family members? Will I take time to enjoy the message of this season and focus my heart on the birth of Christ? What traditions do I want to be sure to share with our baby boy?
Take a moment and read those words again.
In a season where we do a lot of buying, these words caused me to stop and assess my thoughts and plans for this Advent and Christmas season.
How can you find contentment in who you are? What will you do differently this year to enjoy those things that God provides for you?
Prayer for Today
Gracious God, open our hearts to you. May we live each day content with what you have created in us and see the ways that you continue to provide for us. In Christ's Name, Amen.