This is part 3 of a series intended to focus on what has worked for us as we learn to walk the path laid out for us. For us, what has given us the strength to grow is a program called Celebrate Recovery. We hope that, if you haven’t already established a support system for yourself, you will give Celebrate Recovery some consideration. Although this site is dedicated to mental well-being, Celebrate Recovery is a program for anyone with hurts, habits, and hang-ups. This includes substance abuse, struggles with faith, and even temporary issues that require a healthy support system. This series has a goal: to create awareness and raise money for further training for us as Celebrate Recovery leaders and mental health champions. This August, we have an opportunity to attend a training summit in California to further our ability to walk with others on this faith-based healing journey. If you feel called to donate, there is a link at the bottom of this page to do so. Thank you for reading and being a part of our journey. Now, let’s walk together toward healing…
Meek is not a word anyone would use to describe me. To make sure, I looked it up. I am neither humbly patient and docile OR overly submissive, spiritless, or tame. Now, if you pick any of the opposing words, you will find me. But enough about me. The point is, I have a hard time identifying with this next recovery principle based on one word: meek. Matthew 5:5a says “Happy are the meek.”. Happy? How can the spiritless be happy? I thought we were supposed to be full of spirit – the Holy Spirit to be exact! How is this even possible?
Whenever I can’t understand something the bible tells me, I do the best thing I know how:
consult the internet look up different versions of the verse to gather some kind of basic understanding and then consult the scholars of the web. The passion translation made more sense for me: “What blessing comes to you when gentleness lives in you!”.
What blessing comes to you when gentleness lives in you!
Matthew 5:5a, TPT
Now this is something I can work with. Gentleness. The amplified bible helps even further as it breaks down both blessing and gentle. Happy/blessed is equated with “inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect” while a gentle person is called “the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled”. I’m starting to grab on to this, more specific notion of happiness and meek.
Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect]
are the gentle [the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited,
Matthew 5:5a AMP
But I’m still going back to meek. So let’s jump ahead to Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:29b: “for I am meek and lowly in heart.” (KJV). HOLD THE PHONE – I JUST MADE A FREAKIN CONNECTION FOLKS. Jesus is meek. Jesus. Is. Meek. I don’t know about you, but I have just had some serious lights turning on here. I am a follower of Jesus. I want to live my life in a way that is pleasing to God and follow the ways Jesus modelled. In order to do this, I strive to be like him. Humble (accurate view of myself) and gentle at heart where I can find rest for my soul.
Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you,
because I am humble and gentle at heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11:29 NLT
I will let go of this preconceived notion of what meek is and follow Jesus’ lead. To become gentle at heart, sweet-spirited (Self-control is a whole other post for this chick), and walk toward spiritual security. So, yeah – happy are the meek.
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