To Set Aside

To Set Aside

One of the most misunderstood passages in the Sermon on the Mount is “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). Now we all have known or know those who are “poor spirited” and blessed usually isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, when considering this passage, it is difficult not to think of those times when we have felt poor spirited; somewhat perplexing to the notion that if this is what “blessed” feels like, I think I will pass. The “poor in spirit” The Great Carpenter refers too in the Sermon has nothing to do with being poor spirited. The meaning of “poor in spirit” used here means we have let go of our preconceptions, our fear, and self-will.

There is a prayer known as the set-aside or lay-aside prayer that speaks to this state of consciousness. There are several variations, this is one of the simplest: Dear God, please help me to set aside everything I think I know about you and this world, so I may have an open mind and a new experience. Please help me to see the Truth, Amen.

This prayer shows us how to surrender to win, setting aside our preconceived ideas and sacred cows, laying aside fear. When we achieve this raised state of consciousness, remaining open minded and willing to learn, to change and honestly address our defects as well as our assets of character in their proper light, we have truly become “poor in spirit” and the Kingdom of Heaven is ours, right here, right now.

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Published by Vincent Lee Jones

Silk sheets or city streets, Park Avenue or park bench, addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives. My name is Vincent Lee Jones and I have been in recovery since September 1985. My professional career began when I was nearly 20 years in recovery and was asked to work pro bono with at risk students at Huntington Beach High School. At the time I had developed a reputation within the at large recovery community as an effective communicator and was known to some of the faculty. After the death of two students from prescription drugs I was asked to start working with at risk students, which I did for nearly 5 years. Word of mouth lead to offers of compensated freelance Facilitator and Director positions with numerous local treatment facilities in the ensuing years. As a retired Building Contractor/Designer, working in conjunction with a treatment facility, I created a construction program utilizing a workforce comprised almost exclusively of people new or returning to recovery, helping them to not only learn a trade and start making a living but since many of them had relapsed numerous times, to begin truly building a foundation with real aftercare to live free of active addiction. This program changed many lives. In my 30+ years in recovery I have worked with thousands of individuals from all walks of life, teenagers to the retired, famous to infamous, prosperous to those living hand to mouth, adamant atheists to those embracing strong Religious beliefs; suffering from all manner of intoxicant and behavior-based addictions as well as those who love and care about them, both as a member in recovery Fellowships and as a treatment professional. I can be contacted at 714-366-1725. I write and publish daily a recovery based nondenominational spiritually based blog at with accompanying videos that can be found as well on YouTube and LinkedIn at Vincent Lee Jones.

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