Sunday, October 12, 2008
My devotional for today was about being thankful for what you have and counting your blessings. After posting that devotional as the thought for the day on one of my team sites, I started to get ready for church and began to reflect on all that I have to be thankful for. Of course I began to think about my family and friends and am certainly thankful for them. Then I began to think about the many other things we have to be thankful for: we have a roof over our head, a nice vehicle to drive, a great job, and plenty to eat (that's obvious because I am on a diet ). I am thankful that my family is healthy. I am thankful for my church and church family. The list just went on and on.
Then I realized I was having a "bad hair day." I started to complain to myself about that. And then it struck me, that I should be thankful that I have hair. For those of you who don't know, my best friend has battled breast cancer over the past year, went through chemo and lost all of her hair. So, it could be worse, instead of a bad hair day, I could have no hair. But, then that led me to think about how thankful I am that she is okay. Yes, it has been a long ordeal, but she is alive and we are all so thankful for that!
I started to think that maybe I should write a blog about all that had been going through my mind this morning and about how thankful I am. But, I've never done this before and really wasn't sure about it. As a matter of fact, I was trying to convince myself not to write it, because I didn't want to sound stupid.
As I came out of the bedroom to leave for church, guess what the preacher on TV was talking about... Yes, you guessed it, BEING THANKFUL! I guess God was trying to tell me something. So, I decided that for sure I needed to share my heart with the rest of you.
The bottom line to this whole blog is that no matter how bad things may seem, we still have plenty to be thankful for. We have to learn to be content with what we have and where we are in life. Now, that doesn't mean that we don't strive to be better, of course we do. But, while we are here, be content. There will be hard times and things won't always go the way we want them to. But in all things give thanks.
The end of my devotional said " Never start counting your troubles until you've counted at least a hundred of your blessings. By that time, you probably won't think you have troubles! " Wow, if we all lived by that, we wouldn't have much time to complain about anything.
I believe God had me write this for a reason, and I hope that this will be helpful to someone out there. Remember, that above all, the most important thing we have to be thankful for is Jesus Christ. He came and died for our sins, so that we might have eternal life. I encourage you to develop a personal relationship with him.
Below is the complete devotional for you to read:
Sometimes we are so busy adding up our troubles that we forget to count our blessings.
"I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings." Psalm 77:11-12
For decades, Grandpa had been stubborn and crabby. His wife, children, and grandchildren seemed to be able to do nothing that pleased him. As far as he was concerned, life was filled with nothing but bad times and big troubles. Eventually, his family expected only a gruff growl from Grandpa.
Then overnight, Grandpa changed. Gentleness and optimism marked his new personality. Positive words and compliments poured from his lips. He could even be heard giving joyful praise to the Lord. One of the family members noted, "I think maybe Grandpa found religion." Another replied, "Maybe so, but maybe it's something else. I'm going to ask him what has happened." The young man went to his grandfather and said, "Gramps, what has caused you to change so suddenly?"
"Well, son," the old man replied, "I've been striving in the face of incredible problems all of my life--and for what? The hope of a contented mind. It's done no good, nope, not one bit, so...I've decided to be contented without it."
Never start counting your troubles until you've counted at least a hundred of your blessings. By that time, you probably won't think you have troubles!