“Count your many blessings. Name them one by one.” These are lyrics from a song we often sing. However, how often do we actually sit down and count, list, number, all of our blessings? We can often name all the things in our life that are going wrong, but seldom take the time to remember all the things that are going right.
Recently I’ve had the occasion to stop and think about all the ways God has blessed my family and I in our lives. This is a humbling thing to do. It is so difficult to feel anything but gratitude and joy when you count your blessings.
What do you have to be thankful in your life today? There is an old saying that states, “if you only had today what you thanked God for yesterday, what would you have?” There is a lot of truth in that. We are so blessed as a people that it would literally take days to completely list all the ways that God has blessed us.
Take a moment to think about the physical blessings of life. Life, health, mobility, food, medication, work, home, money, family, friends, transportation, stuff, etc. You get the idea.
Even if we think we are lacking in one of these areas (or others), keep in mind that you are better off than others, and have more opportunities than those who live in other nations.
What about all the emotional blessings we have? These are those blessings that effect us on the inside. We have family and friends that love us. We can have peace and contentment (if we so chose). We can have stability and security. We can have joy and laughter. We can cry and have shoulders to cry on. The list goes on and on, but I hope you understand how blessed we all are.
What about the spiritual blessings in our lives? We have a loving God who communicated His will for us. We have a risen savior who sacrificed Himself for our sins. We have salvation and a home in Heaven. We have the completed inerrant Word of God to study. We have a wonderful spiritual family in Christ. We have a God who did all this for us, while we were yet sinners. If these things don’t produce a sense of gratitude and humility, I don’t know what will.
God has seen fit to bless us beyond measure. We are able to look around and see what the Lord had done for us. Sometimes things happen that make you question, doubt, and second guess. Events occur, change happens, and choices have to be made. All these challenges represent opportunities to search for the blessings hidden in them, and to grow from them.
What will we do when life hands us lemons? The worldly answer is to make lemonade. That’s what it means to count our blessings and see the positive in our situations. It doesn’t take long to realize that God has had, and will continue to have, our backs in all things. After all, He said “I will never leave you or forsake you.” It’s time we count our blessings and trust Him.
“Count your many blessings. Name them one by one.” Take time this week to do just that. Get out some paper, or open a note on your phone and just start listing all the blessings in your life. I think, “it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”