Blessed are the Who?

March 2008 - How Shall We Then Live?
by Patrick Lottie

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I have heard the Beatitudes my whole life and to be honest, I have never fully understood them or how in the world they could actually have anything to do with real life. I don’t remember seeing many real life examples as a child. In short, I simply viewed the Beatitudes as nice, religious epithets that were nice to say in church, but not any sort of teaching that anyone would actually live by.

This semester especially has shaken to my core a lot of the incorrect and/or preconceived notions of Jesus and His demands that I’ve held much of my life. Since this past summer (when I left a career in public accounting to attend seminary), I have not been able to shy away from reflecting more deeply on the implications of truly giving my life wholly to the Lord and obeying His commandments—even His hard sayings. This has been a gut-wrenching—but sweet and priceless time in my life. I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on the sort of radical lifestyle and value system that Jesus is calling His disciples, myself included, into.

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