“God has small plans for you. He’s working something little in your life. It may bore you, even hurt, pass unnoticed by everyone. It will be totally unawesome. Yet, tucked in that brown paper simplicity of life, God will be at work, hidden in his opposite, camouflaged in the colors of a secret sanctity.”  Chad Bird

I had to share this gem with you from Chad Bird. Find him on twitter:    His web site: Chad Bird

What a message we need to hear! As we drown in messages that God wants to do big, fabulous, exciting things in our life and to experience the best life now.

On that note, I observed a sad interaction on social media yesterday. A European Christian was visiting the US and watched “Christian TV” while she was here – over the course of 2 weeks. She described the viewing as mostly:

“a gospel of prosperity,

sprinkled with messages centered on the man,

and positive thoughts.”

I’m preparing to teach 8 weeks on the Beatitudes for my adult Sunday School class, and this could not be more timely. Far too much of what passes as American Christianity actually conflicts with the teachings of Jesus found in the Beatitudes.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

In closing, I will quote a very popular and immensely “successful” American pastor and author:

“I don’t ascribe that we’re supposed to be poor and broke and humble and live a defeated life. I don’t think that’s why Jesus came for us.”

kyrie eleison! (Lord, have mercy)