Ever heard the old hymn, “Count Your Blessings?” I know it sounds cliche, but it’s true. In the midst of adversity oftentimes we get so laser focused on our problems or what is going on in the world with economic or political news, that we don’t stop to look at the good. In times like these it is very easy to have a sense of dissatisfaction and get depressed with all that is going on. Perhaps one of the things that we as Christians need to do, along with prayer, is to always keep things in perspective. It’s important as Christians in the midst of adversity to remember the seemingly insignificant, but yet profound blessings that God gives us each and every single day.
As the line in the old hymn goes, “Count your many blessings name them one by one…” Here are a few you can keep in mind today:
- If you have food in the refrigerator… clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep…you are richer than 70% of this world.
- If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace…you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
- If you woke up this morning with more health than illness…you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
- If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation…you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
- If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death…you are more blessed than billions of people in this world.
- If your parents are still alive and still married…you are very rare, even in these United States.
- If you can hold someone’s hand, hug him or her or even touch them on the shoulder…you are greatly blessed because you can offer healing touch.
- If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.
- If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful…you are blessed because, although the majority can, most do not.
And let’s not forget the greatest blessing of all, which is that God loves you and gave His Son to die for you, so that you could be reborn in him and live for all eternity.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. – Colossians 3:2