“Count Your Many Blessings…”

When I began thinking about writing a Thanksgiving post, a number of approaches came to mind. Most of them passed right on out again. The one that stuck was the familiar hymn that says in part, “Count your many blessings. Name them one by one.”

That made me think about how impossible it is to be truly and completely grateful. Most of us aren’t apt to be thankful for the little things we have so many of. It would take many many hours just to express thanks for the hundreds of people in my life, past and present. Friends at church and in the neighborhood. People I’ve met on Facebook, Twitter, and at writing conferences. And that’s just one category of blessings. How could I even list all of the types of blessings I enjoy?

I left out an important part of that hymn. Lnes that say, “Count your many blessings. See what God has done.”

Yes, I believe firmly that “all good things come from above.” So, if God is the source of all blessings, who should I thank but Him?

I love to praise God. To acknowledge how wonderful He is. But I also love to thank Him–for my friends, my wife, my home, and so much more. So much more, in fact, that I couldn’t begin to count all of my blessings.

That’s the point of the hymn, isn’t it? With the innumerable blessings each of us enjoys on a daily basis, why should any of us have room in our hearts for complaining?

When someone is about to burst in anger or to say something rash, he or she may count to ten. Or twenty. It tends to calm them down slightly. And to put things in better perspective.

The next time you’re tempted to complain about something, why don’t you try counting ten or more of the first blessings that come to mind? It just might help you to develop a more positive attitude. It helps me at times.

How thankful are you? How about leaving a comment?

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Roger

Count Your Many Blessings

Are you familiar with the old hymn that says in part, “Count your many blessings; see what God has done”? Although I don’t hear it often–it probably sounds old-fashioned to people who’re more accustomed to today’s contemporary Christian music–it does pop into my head from time to time.

And for good reason.

As someone who takes seriously what the Bible says about every good and perfect gift coming from “above”–that is, being gifts from God–I place gratitude high on my list of priorities. Even the least of God’s gifts is far more valuable than I can ever  pay Him back for.

And if I could–if I needed to–it wouldn’t be a gift. Gifts have no strings attached.

One of my original songs goes like this:

What good can I do? What good can I say
That’s good enough to pay the Lord for loving me?
There’s nothing I can do. There’s nothing I can say
That’s good enough to pay the Lord for loving me.

What bad can I do? What bad can I say
That’s bad enough to keep the Lord from loving me?
There’s nothing I can do. There’s nothing I can say
That’s bad enough to keep the Lord from loving me.

So, what then can I do? What then can I say
To thank the Lord for loving me?
I’ll do everything I do. I’ll say everything I say
In the name of the Lord Who never stops loving me.

Any way you look at it, none of us deserves God’s goodness. His love and His mercy. His forgiveness. Life on earth right now and life throughout eternity.

If you know me–even if you don’t–you undoubtedly realize that I’m not very good at living my life in a completely God-pleasing and God-thanking way. I believe that’s true of all of God’s children, although some of them seem to do at least an outwardly better job of it than others.

One thing I never fail to do when I pray–something I do at least a couple of times daily–is to express my thanks to God. At the same time, I acknowledge that He is so much bigger–so much vaster–than I can possibly imagine. Compared to His perfectness in every way, my shortcomings, my failures, and my sins must look horrible.

Must look horrible? Not really.

Everyone who’s accepted Jesus as the Lord and Savior of his life has become a Child of God. So God wipes all of those bad things away from His sight. God loves His children. He provides for them–for us. Every good and perfect gift. We don’t deserve that. Not even the most righteous of people is as righteous as God. All the more reason to express our gratitude to Him the best we can.

Are you thankful for God’s provisions? Do you remember to tell Him? And to try to live in a way that shows Him just how appreciative you really are.

Please feel free to leave a comment. I’ll see you again on Wednesday.

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Roger