Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God has done.

This is the chorus from a song we often sing. We need to be in a habit of counting our blessings.

Some times they are little things, and some times they are big, but regardless they are all around. Hopefully we’ve all had time this week to spend time with family and friends. I also hope that we understand what a blessing that truly is.

This week I got to experience being with Ridge when he shot his first deer, and seeing Katie in one of her productions at the High School. My parents came up for Thanksgiving and we were able to have others over for a “friendsgiving.” I love and cherish these moments, and I hope that you do as well.

We are a blessed people living in a blessed nation. Any who have traveled out of the US can clearly see how much more we have than other nations. None of us are poor in comparison with those in other places. However, many of us are unhappy, stressed, anxious, or depressed, whereas these others in foreign lands are usually happy.

Counting our blessings should lead to contentment. Why are others happier with less? Because they don’t know what they don’t have and are happy with what they do have. How often do we look around and notice the things we don’t have? This could be stuff, money or even people. We focus on things we’re missing, and lose track of the things we possess.

If we were to sit down and count our blessings, we would run out of fingers, toes, paper, and storage in our phones rapidly! I daresay it would be impossible to accurately list every single way that God has blessed us.

Why do we focus on the negatives in life? We dwell on this being the first holiday without grandpa, and not the first holiday with the new baby.

The same is true with things or money. I think, as people living in this commercial culture, we are trained to think that way. God, however, would have us to look at things differently. He would have us to count our blessings and be thankful for the things we do have.

Paul said he learned to be content. Counting our blessings will help us to learn the same thing. The song tells us to count our blessings when we are discouraged, burdened, jealous, envious, in conflict, or tempest tossed. The holidays are very hard for some people. Maybe as we count our blessings we should reach out and help others to count their blessings, too.

Count your many blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings, see what God has done! Count your many blessings, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done!