(this arrived in my Inbox this morning and it’s worth passing along)
Dr. Kenneth Boa is my Dad’s good friend and favorite theologian. Dr. Boa is a graduate of Case Institute of Technology, holds a Master of Divinity from Dallas Theological Seminary as well as earning a doctorate from New York University and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Oxford, University, Oxford, England. He is engaged in a life-ministry of relational evangelism and discipleship, teaching, writing, and speaking and is President of Reflections Ministries. I am pleased to share that Dr. Boa dedicated his book “The Perfect Leader” to my parents. Recently, he offered some personal Beatitudes that I pass on in the hope you will write out as your own for a personal blueprint of foundational values for living life as The Lord would have it.
I am most blessed when:
I live each moment as though I am in desperate need of God’s grace, for in that moment I increased my membership in the kingdom of God.
I make no claim on anything or anyone, for in that moment God lays claim to more of my heart.
I live each moment in the quiet pose of a servant for in that moment I behave like an heir apparent.
I forget about blame and focus on love, for in that moment I am aware that God is doing the same for me.
I live each moment with a voracious appetite for pleasing God, for in that moment my soul is content.
I live each moment with a holy, free heart for in that moment I get a fresh glimpse of God himself.
I look for ways to knock down barriers and build bridges, because in that moment my Father goes about bragging about our relationship.
I mimic my Lord’s behavior in suffering without cause, for in that moment heaven gets a little closer and a little clearer and, finally, I live each day willingly absorbing every stinging curse hurled at me, simply because I freely admit to knowing God. It gives me another opportunity to be joyful, knowing that my heavenly Father is paying attention and will someday make it all worthwhile.
Blake Stiles Lawson, Founder (Missionary Airfare Search)