|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Savor the time”
Our Bible verse for today: “Praise the Lord, O my soul; and forget not all his benefits.” Psalm 103:2 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Count your blessings”
I wonder how many blessings we miss simply because we’re not paying attention. It’s not that the blessings aren’t there, they are. It’s just that we fail to recognize them for the blessings that they are. We’re so used to them that we no longer pay attention to them. It’s kind of like living in beautiful eastern Tennessee (which I do), and getting so used to seeing the mountains and lakes and lush green fields every day that they’re no longer special. Or like living on the pristine Gulf of Mexico (which I used to), with its sugar-white beaches and clear blue waters, and being so used to it that it becomes commonplace.
Or maybe its like living in the United States of America, with the highest standard of living in the world, with the best healthcare system in the world, with more food and better housing and more creature-comforts than anyone else in the world, while billions of others around the world live in deep poverty and millions more are starving, but I’m sitting here being whiny and grumpy because the internet is slow this morning. (First world problems!)
I wonder how many blessings we miss simply because we’re not paying attention, or because we’ve become dull and insensitive. I wonder how many blessings we miss simply because we don’t take the time to savor them and to thank God for them.
There’s a wonderful little exercise described for us in the old Christian hymn “Count Your Blessings”. You can Google it for the full lyrics, and I hope you will, but here’s the chorus: “Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your many blessings, see what God hath done. Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.”
I encourage you to take some time this morning to count your blessings. Consider the many ways (big and small) in which God has blessed you. Think about your blessings. Savor them. Thank God for them.
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