Blessed… The Meek

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5, New Revised Standard Version).

Well folks, I am back. The hand is coming along nicely. Thank you for your prayers. The doctor said everything looks good. I no longer am sporting the big bandage which makes things like typing a great deal easier.

If anyone has ever accused me of being meek, I can’t remember it. I guess I won’t be inheriting the earth any time soon.

I wasn’t exactly sure what the word meant so I went out on “dictionary.com” and looked it up. Here is what I found: “1. humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others. 2. overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame. 3. Obsolete. gentle; kind.”

Just in a quick look I think we can assume Jesus did not mean number 2. I don’t think we are called to be “spiritless.” While we are to be submissive to God, compliant to God, I also don’t think these are on mark because we could always be overly submissive or compliant to the world. I don’t think that is what Jesus had in mind.

That leaves definitions 1 and 3. Humbly patient I think fits but not docile and definitely under provocation from others. Though “dictionary.com” says it is obsolete, I really think definition number three is on the mark. I do believe we are called to be gentle and kind.

These days we live in a world that is, to use a more modern phrase, “in your face.” We live in a world that has a great deal of fear. When people are afraid (even of they won’t admit it) they often react in ways that are far from kind. The result has become, a great deal of anger and a shortage of kindness. Without question there is also a lack of humility and patience.

I find it interesting that we claim to be a “Christian Nation,” yet we are a nation that seems to have lost its way on some pretty basic Christian values. We are far from patient with each other. We lack gentleness. Kindness is in very short supply. What seems to me to be obsolete is not gentleness and kindness from the definition of the word meek. What is obsolete is humility and patience. I put myself right in the middle of this one. I tend to lack patience all too much of the time. I am all too often far from gentle and not very kind. I am decidedly not a very humble person. I guess that would mean all those people who have never said I was meek, well, they seem to be right on target.

What I also think it means is that there is a lack of love. How can we claim to love our neighbor when we lack humility, patience, gentleness and kindness. We really need to be more than that. I really need to be more than that.

The simple truth is, if I don’t learn to humbly patient, gentle and kind, I can’t really expect to inherit the earth.

How do you show your meekness to the world? I pray you do it better than I.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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