I first heard the saying: “Brighten up Buttercup It’s not all about you,” in a 12-step recovery program. This saying has always helped me to quit focusing on me and to quit feeling
sorry for myself. In other words, to get off the pity pot. For me, it has always helped me to reach out and help someone else when I am in a self-centered pity party. By helping someone else and their needs, I forget about my little or big troubles.
When I come back to my situation, it is not a huge mountain but a manageable bump in the road.
Jesus gave us the eight beatitudes to show us how to live as a disciple of Christ in this somewhat dark
and crazy world. The beatitudes are not how we can live self-centered lives but about how as followers of Jesus, we can bring others to the Light of Christ.
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is
the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
- Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
- Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
- Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The beatitudes are a simple message of humility and love for each other in this life
and in the life to come. The rewards of trying to live out the Beatitudes in this life hold out the promise of heaven for each of us.
I can’t live out these messages perfectly each day, but by
asking for the grace I can strive little by little to make them a part of my journey here in earth. When I fail, Jesus is there holding out his hand to pick me up and to whisper once again, ‘Keep trying to live My message of love.”
Let us Pray: Jesus, I ask that you write Your Beatitudes of Love on my heart. During my prayer time each day may I pray these eight messages of love so that they become my daily companion.