Sunday, April 30, 2017


Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew  5:5 NIV

This verse reminds me a bit about the fable of the tortoise and the hare. The hare was pushy and boastful, but the tortoise just quietly got the job done.  In my mind, the earthly inheritance is about having a home and family, and being part of a community. Being meek doesn’t mean being a doormat but it means being willing to obey God’s teachings and to learn from others. People who are willing to set their own agendas aside if family and/or community are better served by a different plan are meek but they usually reap the blessings of stable relationships and having positive support groups.
Meekness can even be helpful in the workplace.  A contentious person may get promotions at first but, I think, like the hare they often aren’t able to finish the race. A meek person is happy to accept guidance from more experienced people and becomes more competent as time goes by. He is less likely to have friction with his fellow workers .  In the wake of meekness comes calm and peace, and more energy to invest in worthwhile pursuits.
Meekness is very much underrated these days but it has lots of rewards and blessings.

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