Blessed… Boy Am I Hungry 

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 6:6, New Revised Standard Version).

I yearn for a time when we treat each other with dignity and respect. I hunger for a time when our citizens and our leaders support each other. We see glimpses of it but it always seems to happen in times of tragedy. In the days immediately following the Oklahoma City Bombing, most people on both sides of the culture wars came together. The same can be said in the days following 9/11 and the Columbia explosion. It doesn’t take long before the support we share with one another in those times of tragedy turn to finger pointing and blame. I thirst for a time that we can come together and it not be in a moment of tragedy.

I am not trying to sound naive. Like so many, I have my political views too. I have tried to keep them off these posts but have not been as hesitant to share them in other places. I still have my opinions. Some of them may be right and others may be wrong. I know many of my friends (and family too) see my opinions as right while others believe I am absolutely wrong. And, in all honesty, I feel the same way about many of their opinions too.

These relationships, however, seem to have a real difference from what is central in the culture wars in American society today. We lack love, we lack tolerance. Again and again, in posts on social media I see some on the right making comments that are attacks against those on the left. But, for you folks on the liberal side of the spectrum, the attacks coming from that said are just as bad. What is happening today in our society is not helpful to us moving forward together.

Our scripture today says “blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.” We cannot claim that we seek righteousness, that we hunger for righteousness or thirst for righteousness when cannot reach out to each other in love. We love to claim we are a Christian nation but the way we treat one another flies in the face of what we say we believe.

I can be tolerant of my friends on the other side. I can sit down and have reasonable conversations with them, even in places where we don’t agree. We can sit down, have a serious discussion and end the conversation walking away as friends. I find that a great deal more difficult to do with those I wouldn’t think of as friends. Yet those are some of the very people Jesus calls on me to love. Perhaps those are the very people Jesus calls on me to love first, perhaps even to love most. No one ever said this was going to be easy.

If I want to be blessed, if I want my life to be filled, I have to seek righteousness, not only with those where I happen to have agreement. If I want my life filled, I have to hunger for righteousness among a far greater number of people than those I have in my close circles, people with whom I have built relationships. If I want to be filled, I have to thirst for righteousness even with those people whose views can push my buttons and perhaps even sometimes make me angry, because God calls me to love them too.

I hunger and thirst for righteousness. What I really need to do is let that show in more aspects of my life than just among my friends and family. I need to let it show in the love for all God’s children.

What are you doing to show you hunger and thirst for righteousness?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

 

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, 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. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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