Happy are the Poor in Spirit
The Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5) gives us a guide as to how to truly be happy. Jesus outlines 9 different characteristics of one who is truly happy. There is an assumption here that one has their mind focused on the kingdom of God and less upon one’s own physical, emotional and relational comfort. The common worldview that values riches, fame and recognition is not so much the end all in terms of happiness. Where one might enjoy some of this, it is not the most important aspects of life from a Biblical worldview. What’s more, it is the Biblical worldview that tends to line up with behavioral health principles. My intention is to address each of these characteristics and make a few comments concerning each to highlight the spiritual and behavioral health benefits (not intended to be an exhaustive commentary).
Mark S. DeBord, LCSW, LLC