Matthew Chapter 5

As I sat down to read Matthew 5 I felt overwhelmed.  There is so much in this chapter how do I touch on only a few words?  So I prayed “Lord help me grab hold of what you want me to zero in on.”  I then read the chapter and I knew.  

For those who know me, you know that I am a pretty busy person.  I don’t sit still very well.   Growing up I was taught that it was a bad thing.  “If you would just sit still you could…understand, learn, do better!”  I was taught that I was different, broken and not like the other “good” kids.  It wasn’t until I was in my mid 30’s that I understood that I was just as my Father wanted me to be.  I was created with purpose and design.  What a breakthrough that was.  I felt liberated until the next lesson came.  

Busy people say, “yes” a lot.  A sweet friend told me, in love that I should say “no” more often.  But that is not who God made me to be.  But I did listen to that sweet friend who told me this and realized what I needed to change was how I was doing things, mostly in my own strength.  Another game-changer!  Matthew 5:3 says, “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”  I needed Him!  If I was operating in my own strength I would become overwhelmed and self-critical.  God designed my to have the ability to be busy and to find joy in it but even more importantly he designed me to need Him.  I have a new prayer, “ Lord help me do no more and no less than what you have called me to do.”  With this new prayer I have peace and a closer relationship with my savior.  They only way I can hear Him is if I listen.  This requires me to stop before I go, but brings me so much peace and joy.