You are blessed when you are at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
You are blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the ONE most dear to you.
You are 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.
You are blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
You are blessed when you care. At the moment of being “carefull,” you find yourself cared for.
You are blessed when you get your inside world – your heart and your mind – put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
You are blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
You are blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
Not only that – count yourself blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is to close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens – give a cheer, even! For though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And you know you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.
Matthew 5:2-12, as stated in the Message