Count Your Blessings
Almost a year after my wife Cara died, at an annual Christmas party, Pam the hostess said to me words of comfort, she told me to, “Count your blessings.”
It’s been many years now, since that time and much has happened in my life, but I feel led to say these words to you who read this, “Count Your Blessings.”
When life gets you down, when the world seems like it’s crashing in around you, remember all the good things that have happened to you.
We each of us have many things to be thankful for. I am personally grateful for so many things;
- God has blessed me with a great partner and wife in Ginny when He brought us together.
- Matthew, my son is doing well and has a job.
- We are all healthy and have a nice place to live.
- My job is going well and we are getting by.
- We got a lot of things done this last summer around the house.
- We lost a wonderful dog, but we’re grateful for the memories of his life with us.
We all have many blessings we can think back on and be thankful for.
- We should be thankful for the times God has protected us and kept us safe.
- We should be thankful for our spouse, and family, those with us and those who have left.
- We should be grateful for God getting us through hard times and great losses.
When I look back over my life, there are so many things I can be thankful for. So many blessings that God has given to me. So many things that I now enjoy that I know I don’t deserve.
I have to say, “Thank you Lord for all that you have done for me, for all the gifts you have given me.”
The bible tells us in James 1:17;
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
I know when, on that Christmas long ago, Pam told me to “Count my Blessings” it forced me to think of all the good things in my life, and that forced the bad memories out.
Have you noticed that it’s almost impossible to think of two things at the same time?
If you’re thinking on and counting your blessings, it’s hard to remember the bad that’s been happening.
That has proven to be true in so many ways that I can think of. I can remember being sick with a cold, but having to work anyway and when I got busy; I forgot how bad I felt. When I have been in pain, if I do something to take my mind off the pain, it goes away, at least for a time.
If you focus on pain and trouble that is all you will feel, but if you bring to mind things that are good or great memories, that pain and trouble you’ve been feeling can disappear.
We all know that when we’re down, doing something fun, going to someplace we’ve enjoyed in the past is a great way to make those dark feelings go away. Take your mind off the darkness, count your blessings and walk in the light of those memories.
I am writing this on Thanksgiving morning 2017 and I will leave you with these words from Paul’s letter to the Philippians 4:8;
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.