The Beatitudes came from the mouth of Jesus himself. They were, and are still, an ever present reminder of the blessedness our lives hold, and the promise of those blessings to come.
The woman I spoke of earlier, Sue, was explaining how she did not see, or feel, that the traditional high-rise bell curve was appropriate of a Christian life. In fact, it's the opposite and proclaims that striving is the key to success as a Christian.
Think about it, the image painted with the use of the bell curve is damaging. Starting at the bottom of the left bell curve is considered a starting point for us, before we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. Then the climb is all the work and prayers we say, and whatever else one thinks will make them righteous in God's eyes.
Think of it related to the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14). The Pharisee was praying to God and thanking him for not making him like the other people. He also boasted about his works and fasting.
Then there's the tax collector, who was so ashamed of who he is and what his life has become, that he stands far back and begs for forgiveness. He begs for forgiveness, for he knows he is a sinner.
This scenario represents the bell curve, if you ask me.
Now, to the really good news. Sue, amazingly talented and creative Sue, came up with the most beautiful and elegant image of what the bell curve should look like for a Christian. I just made it pretty and digital to share with you all!
If you have more questions, I am here! And so is Sue. We'd love to meet you on your Faith journey!