The Sermon on the Mount has always fascinated me, I imagine much like it did the original hearers. Check out Matthew chapter 5 where Jesus says, “14 You are the light of the world. A city located on top of a hill cannot be hidden, 15 nor do they light a lamp and place it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it shines on all those in the house. 16 In the same way let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
Jesus is promising the greatest of all blessings to those who are part of his kingdom… they are blessings of usefulness. He has placed his followers in a position of influence. They are to reflect His light and thereby be a blessing to those in their sphere of influence. By the good deeds issuing from a changed life, they are able to stem the tide of corruption and darkness that engulfs a fallen world.
How many times a day, do you hear someone say, “Have a blessed day”? Today, let’s turn this around and say, “Be a blessing today”.
Let’s joint together today and sing, “This Little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine . . .
Something to think about
If you worry about what might be . . . and wonder what might have been . . . you will ignore what is. Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been and move on. Don't let negative words or actions of others affect your smile. Decide that today is going to be a good day. It is never too late to start becoming what you might have been.
What brings you real joy? Do that . . . Be that . . . Share that . . . Spend more time with THAT and you'll get more joy! Fight to find JOY in everyday things, ordinary things. Life is not a race. Find joy in today's journey. To achieve our real potential, we have to rediscover joy and share it with others. Remember, joy is always given, never grasped.
Mother Teresa said, "Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with joy."
Happiness isn't getting all that you want. It's enjoying all that you have. We always have enough to be happy if we are enjoying what we do have and not worrying about what we don't have. Happiness comes from contentment and enjoy all the many blessings we have scattered all around us.
When something bad happens you have 3 choices. You can either let it define you. Let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you. We are not what we have done. We are what we have overcome. Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. Remember, Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes them Meaningful.