by Pastor Mark Jordan
“You’re 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.” Matthew 5:9, MSG)
Today’s verse comes from The Message Version of one of Jesus’ beatitudes. More traditional translations share this wisdom as saying, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (NIV). I particularly like it in The Message, because it hones in on the idea of discovery.
There is a fascinating quote on discovery that intrigues me: “Discovery is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought” (Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi). I think in some ways this is precisely what Jesus came to do and show, which is beautifully stated in the Beatitudes. Life all-too-often feels as though it’s lived upside-down; when you live for God, however, then you discover that He is present and working, even when it might not feel like it.
We need to discover that we are all living in God’s family. We look around and see such disrespect, discouragement, disagreement, and a host of other “disses;” when we realize we are all part of God’s family, though, then we can discover the beauty of God in everybody.
Seek God today. Look upon the same things that everyone else sees, but think of how God IS at work! It will help you discover beauty in the world, as well as your place in it.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for helping me discover my place in your family. Help me to adjust my thinking and living so I may help others discover the beauty that is you. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.