Sometime ago I heard a talk on the beatitudes (the bits in Matthew 5 about Blessed stuff- why are they called that?) and the bloke doing it gave us some of his rewrites getting at the meaning behind each one. They came out like this:
Well done to those who know they are broken and frail and are in need of God.
Well done to those who cry at the ravages of evil in themselves and in this world and who want something better.
Well done to those who are humble enough for God to have his way, not always thinking they know better and who are willing to follow God’s plans. Who are fiercely ready to be led.
Well done to those who are passionate about doing the will of God and who are willing to let go of the praise of people.
Well done to those who are willing to forgo the ways of this world in its vengeance and indifference. Who will love even when it is not due.
Well done to those who love the good and desire that good in all things.
Well done to those who try to restore relationships, not manipulating or loving power.
Well done to those who are willing to forgo personal safety and comfort because of the Kingdom.
I’ve been musing on reality and living in it lots over the last few days. Jesus seemed to want us to live in the realites of the unseen kindgom and let that impact, blow through, overwhelm and embrace the visible stuff around us. These “well done’s” seem to express all that living in the Kingdom of God means each day.