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.
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