Over the past few weeks we have been talking about cultivating a thankful heart. So this week, I was thinking about what helps me to create a thankful heart, and the hymn Count Your Blessings kept running thru my mind. I grew up singing…
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God has done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God has done.
Throughout my life, there have been those times when I needed to be reminded of just how blessed I really was. I may have been discouraged or feeling like I had been given the short end of the stick, either way I needed to remember my blessings.
On those days, I would verbalize my list of blessing and my perspective would change to a thankful outlook.
But one day in particular, instead of just verbalizing my blessings, I decided to actually write them down. At first, I didn’t think there was anything special about writing my blessings down, but as I began to list every relationship and memory that were blessings to me, I realized how short sighted I had become.
There were people and places and memories that I had forgotten about and no longer regarded as “significant blessings.” Yet, many of them were consistent, foundational blessings that had been a part of my life for so long.
I had began to see those precious relationships as mundane, and those precious memories as run-of-the-mill — I took them for granted.
When I was face to face with just how blessed I really was, gratitude was my natural response.
You know, I believe, counting your blessings is the natural precursor to a thankful heart.
I know how easy it is to lose sight of what your blessings are, or to even turn a blessing into a burden, but don’t let yourself be misled.
When we can redirect our focus to actually see all of our blessings, we will begin to see a clearer picture of the one doing the blessing.
God is not the one who needs you to count your blessing — you need it.
You need to know just how much you are loved by God. Blessings are a gift of love from God to you, they are a way of God telling you, “I love you, you’re precious to me.”
You have been blessed. You have blessing in your life right now. Start counting them. Start listing them. Allow yourself to see what those blessing really are. You may be surprised with some of the blessings you find.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places – Ephesians 1:3 (ESV)
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