Count Your Blessings

December 1 – December 6

Turkey and dressing. All the trimmings. Pumpkin pie. Too many desserts. Did you have a great feast? If you partook of a traditional Thanksgiving, you took in between 3000 and 3500 calories. Not to mention breakfast and those midnight munchies. You spent all year counting your calories…and now what? Walk it off? Smile. That is a lot of walking! And now it is time to start counting calories again just to prepare for all of those Christmas parties coming up.

While we are counting, let’s consider counting something else…Blessings. Proverbs 28:20 “A faithful man will abound with Blessings…” (ESV) Sure, the news is depressing. It seems that trouble and trials are around every corner. But could this not be partly from our perception? Our focus often runs to the hard things. The struggles. What if we turned our attention to all of the ways we are blessed?

Do this. Get a notebook and just start writing down your personal blessings. If you are reading this, then you are blessed with eye sight. Write it down. Next? The ability to write. See how this works? As you begin to “count” your blessings, you will be amazed. And you will realize that your life actually abounds with blessings.

In the Old Testament, God told His children to make “memorials”. Often it was a simple pile of stones designed to call to memory all of the good things that the Lord had blessed them with. He knew how easy it would be to forget…and to focus on the negative. Your list can become your “memorial”.

There is an old Sunday School song that says, “Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings, see what God has done…” Try it – it sure beats counting calories…

Posted on: Dec. 1, 2010, 7:20 p.m.