Recently, I stopped to fill my car up with gas. I couldn’t believe the sign read $1.88. Inside my heart, I was doing the chicken dance. For whatever reason, this prompted me to consider many other blessings. In the gas station parking lot, I thanked God for giving me two jobs I love. I thanked God for a wife that has stood by my side for better or worse. I thanked God for not one, but four healthy boys I’m proud to call my sons. I thanked God for family, friends, and a world full of opportunity to carry out His will. I promise not to bore you with any further details.
I appreciate more than ever the words of an old hymn. “Count you blessings name them one by one. Count your blessings see what God has done.” From my viewpoint, God has done a whole lot. Often, we don’t take time to thank God for his endless grace, mercy, and undeserved blessings. My mind can easily drift to what is broken and needs to be fixed. Yet, if God never gave me one more thing in this life I would die rich!
Have you stopped to consider all God has done for you? Are you focused on your problems or your blessings? God wants us to give Him our problems and thank Him continually for the blessings. Prayer combined with thanksgiving will increase our joy and peace in life. Take out a piece of paper and list some of the ways God has blessed you. I guarantee most will run out of space to list them all.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)”Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”