Count Your Blessings

Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. Johnson Oatman

Occasionally we forget. We forget all that God has blessed us with and we let our momentary problems get us down. We permit ourselves to get the "poor me's"  and begin to question the quality of our lives, from our families to our jobs to our nation.

We do this because we forget what we are here for. We focus on the physical and then we begin to actually think that we are here for our jobs or school or making payments or whatever else might be on our radar screen on a given day.

It's not that these things are unimportant (just let one of my kids decide not to show up for school one day), it's just that they are not to be our focus. This life is a test, and sometimes tests are hard. God wants to know if we will serve Him in good times and bad, so there are uncertainties in life and things will not always go as planned.

This is when many allow defeat to creep in. We have financial hardships, or relationship problems or health concerns and we think that life is over. This is when we count our blessings: Our family, our friends, a free nation, plenty of food, clothing shelter. Not enough? How about a Father who loved us so much that He gave his only Son to die for our sins so that we could spend an eternity with Them? What in this life is so bad that the first 10,000 years of Heaven won't make up for? Will we allow ourselves the luxury of self-pity or the joy of counting our many blessings?

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. II Corinthians 4:17