Most of us have heard of the Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5. Some years ago, I ran across a copy of a modern interpretation of the Beatitudes entitled the Be(Happy)Attitudes which summarize Jesus’ words this way:
“Blessed are the poor in Spirit” ~ I need help; I can’t do it alone.
“Blessed are those who mourn” ~ I’m really hurting, but with God’s help, will bounce back.
“Blessed are the meek” ~ I’m going to remain cool, calm and corrected.
“Blessed are those who hunger & thirst for righteousness”~I really want to do the right thing
“Blessed are the merciful” ~ I’m going to treat others the way I want others to treat me.
“Blessed are the pure in heart” ~ I’ve got to let the faith flow free through me.
“Blessed are the peacemakers” ~ I’m going to be a bridge builder
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake” ~ I can choose to be happy regardless of my circumstances.
No matter how Jesus’ words are spoken, they can prove life-changing if we allow them to infiltrate our hearts and renew our spirits. How can we be salt and light in a dark world? Who do you know who lives out these BeHappyAttitudes in his/her life?
Next week, I’ll be sharing my review of Heidi Chiavaroli’s recent release, The Hidden Side. I hope you’ll join me.
**Read how God works in the lives of Cynthia’s characters in her Inspirational, Historical Romance (Prairie Sky) Series:
BOOK ONE: UNDER THIS SAME SKY (April, 2017)
BOOK TWO: UNDER PRAIRIE SKIES (April, 2018)