Blessed Are The Poor in Spirit for they Shall Inherit the Earth.
It's a nice fantasy that everyone can do anything, and there have been plenty of motivational books and speakers through the centuries that have sold that snake oil to people that are willing to believe the lie.
Being poor in spirit means becoming free of the myth that possessing many things will make me a happier person.
It is an attitude expressed in a French proverb: 'When you die, you carry in your clutched hand only that which you have given away.'" -- from The Ladder of the Beatitudes - by Jim Forest.
How often do we find ourselves feeling that we are “at the end of our rope” – wondering how we can continue with the difficulties that life seems to throw at us?
We are feeling that we have no more resources to keep on going. Getting through one crisis, only to find another surfacing. It says “we are blessed” when that happens.
But the second half of the verse seemed to say so much more. Less of me and more of God. My resources may feel depleted, but that just means that I need to rely on God and His resources, even more. I can’t do it alone, I need God’s help. It takes the strength and grace that only God can give, to get me through, time and time again.
To be “poor in spirit” means to come to that point where we realize our need for total dependence on God. And when we are in that place of dependence on God, then we are truly blessed, - because we then experience something of the closeness and the reality of Heaven. It is for those who are up to the challenge to put themselves aside and base their lives on God. Every morning when we wake up begins a new challenge for us to turn aside from self- and to depend more on God."