ONLY AS BIG AS…WHAT MAKES ME MAD?

 

cockroach

How do I measure up with the beatitudes in Matt. 5.  I don’t know. I don’t know that I need to know. How can I judge myself in these nine areas? (I thought there were ten. Am I missing something).

If I think I pass any of them, that would be a huge show of pride, wouldn’t it?

Well, reading them is a good place to start to find out! Honest now, do I see myself as “poor in spirit”? My ire can be aroused pretty easily. I had a note on my desk one time that said something like this, “A person is only as big as what it takes to make him mad.” Roger reminded me of my note when I saw a cockroach under the sink!  Am I no bigger than a cockroach?  I sure can get ticked off at finding one of those critters. 

I am laughing a bit.  I do really think one can hate cockroaches, but I don’t think they ought to make one curse and throw things.  Maybe make me mad enough to move the ‘frig all by myself!  😀

Moving right along to the second Beatitude…. 

How about hunger and thirst after righteousness? Can I judge that by where my priorities are in the amount of time I spend in things of the Kingdom? If so, I’d say I could use some more priority time just meditating on Jesus. Enough judging myself today.

Wow, seven more beatitudes to go.  Can I face myself in all of them?

I end in thanks to my loving Jesus.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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19 Responses to ONLY AS BIG AS…WHAT MAKES ME MAD?

  1. Haha! Yes, the cockroach thing IS a wake-up call, isn’t it?

  2. We had a lawn mower that made my husband curse….he got rid of it because he said if something made you made enough to curse you needed to! He was right. He has kind of made it his motto LOL.

  3. pranabaxom says:

    Once cockroaches make it to our food list(who knows with our dwindling resources), we will start loving them😂. How many ways to cook cockroach – there is a thought.

  4. Funny, but straight to the heart. Thanks!

  5. Faye says:

    Funny and meaningful. Thank you. I laughed.
    Once, one of our sons ‘clean bowled’ a jug of milk (with a salt and pepper shaker) and it fell all over a raffia mat floor. The ‘don’t cry over spilt milk’ refrain was not helpful to me as I roared like a bull elephant and cried as I replaced all the matting and mopped up five litres of milk. Thank God the Beatitudes are Kingdom Principles and certainly from the King’s Perspective these things He will bring about in us. For now one day at a time I will repent and trust that Abba my Father in Heaven is refining and forming me. Greetings to all the explosive and broken often children, of a Holy God.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yep, we do blow sometimes. But hopefully not to anyone else’s, and even for those times we have an advocate with the Father who whips up the milk with us, and gives us the go ahead to go on about our business. He is good. He is calming in the midst of the storm.

  6. grAnnie Roo says:

    I like Roger’s philosophy. Can’t always practice it, (thinking about devices), but it’s theoretically sound. ☺

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