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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Happy (07/12/07)

TITLE: The 'Be Happitudes'
By Linda Watson Owen
~10th Place


Come gather round, dear children.
Hear with your ears and eyes.
These are the things that Jesus taught
with words both true and wise.

He sat upon a mountain
and spoke to all who came.
He blessed them with His stories
taught in the Father’s Name.

He read their hearts’ deep questions
and knew they asked for this.
They asked to know His secret.
They wanted ‘Happiness’.

They wanted easy living.
They wanted fun and games.
They wanted laughter all day long.
They wanted everything.

So Jesus gave them answers
that made them scratch their heads.
He taught them eight ‘Be Happitudes.’
Yes, this is what He said.

First of all, be humble.
Don’t think that you’re ‘hot stuff’.
Do put your faith in God alone,
and that will be enough.

The next thing in the ‘Be’ list
is mourn within your soul.
When you do things that hurt the Lord,
just give Him back control.

Thirdly, to ‘Be Happy’,
is much like one and two.
Be meek enough to mind the Lord,
and much will come to you.

Fourth on the list? Get hungry
and thirst for all that’s good.
You will be filled, the Savior says,
with Heaven’s real soul food.

Number five is mercy.
Just do it, Jesus taught.
Be kind, and be forgiving
toward others as we ought.

The list is getting shorter,
but six is really big.
Be pure in heart and motives.
This is the way to live.

Now seven tells the secret
of how we’ll get our name.
Happy are the peace makers.
Don’t pout, and fight, and blame.

Eight, the last ‘Be Happitude,’
says stand for what is right.
Even though wrong is ‘in style’
keep Godly ways in sight.

This list that Jesus gave them
seemed strange and not quite ‘fun’,
but when they looked in Jesus’ eyes
they knew He was the One.

They knew He must be Who He said.
They felt it in their hearts.
He gave new words to ‘Happiness.’
He taught them where to start.

Some followed and found riches
beyond all earthly dross.
Some went their way still hoping for
a ‘Happy’ with no cost.

The Savior still is teaching
all those who want to find
the meaning of true 'Happiness',
God’s, Ways,
God’s Plans,
God’s Mind.

"Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in Heaven is great,..." Matthew 5:12a NASB

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Lynda Schultz 07/19/07
Love it!
Joanne Sher 07/21/07
I love the tone of this - and, of course, the wonderful message. Gave me much to ponder, too!
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/21/07
I loved your wonderful "Behappitudes" in this delightful poem.
Dee Yoder 07/21/07
This is a wonderful way to teach the Beatitudes! I enjoyed reading this!
David Butler07/22/07
Great wit, wisdom and skill in this work, from the title right to the very last statement.
Blessed are the Be Happitudes!
Traditional poetry would raise its eyebrows at one rhyming stumble I saw in one stanza, but with a piece as good as this - who really cares?
Joyce Samuel07/22/07
Just one word to describe this wonderful package (rhythm, rhyme, lesson, humour - name it): S U P E R B! Very well done!
Catrina Bradley 07/22/07
Awesome! I'm so glad I didn't try to write about the "beHappitudes" [grin], like I thought I might. I love this paraphrase!
Dianne Janak07/24/07
Just delightful and so true... I loved your play on the word behappitude... Going to print this out and keep... great teaching tool for Sunday school lessons!
Sherrie Jackson07/25/07
This is so nice! I especially like the 'mourn within your soul' line - that's an excellent way of putting it. Thanks for the blessing! Good luck!
Sara Harricharan 07/25/07
Nice! I think you got 'happy' write here! ^_^ Well done.
Kristen Hester07/25/07
What a great lesson on how to be happy. I really enjoyed how you listed each "be happitude" one by one. Nice poem. Excellent.
Sara Harricharan 07/26/07
Marilee Alvey07/26/07
Thanks for this reminder from our master of how to be happy. I needed the review. I can't believe you can put all of this in the body of a poem. Well done!
Mariane Holbrook 07/26/07
This was just beautiful! Your word carpentry was perfect and your skill as a master poet always leaves me wanting more. I'm so glad you placed on this one though I would have put you much higher up the ladder if I'd been a judge. (grin**)
You're the best, no kidding!
Laurie Glass 07/26/07
What a cool idea. And very nicely done. :) Congrats on your placement! :)
Sheri Gordon07/26/07
Congratulations on your EC -- great job.