Some of you may remember the old hymn Count Your Blessings. The chorus encourages us to:
“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.” The verses to the hymn talk about this approach as being a remedy for when we are discouraged and running into one trial after another.
It is a wonderful hymn which taught a wonderful truth. You can hear dozens of positive and encouraging things in the course of a week and hear one or two negative comments or criticisms. And what are you tempted to focus on the most? (Rhetorical question for many of us – we tend to think mostly about the one or two negative comments).
We are told in Psalm 105:1,2 “Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing praises to Him, tell of all His wondrous works.” Vs. 5 says, “Remember the wondrous works that He has done.” Psalm 118:24 “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Then, Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Rejoice in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again – Rejoice!”
James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.”
It can be difficult as we so easily get caught in the mindset of negative comments from people. I am praying for everyone in our congregation to be able to focus on the blessings of God in their lives and in our church family as as whole. Pray for me that I will too. And further more, join me in trying to make a concerted effort to be a source of encouragement and not discouragement.
Take a few minutes and name (I mean specifically name) the blessings God has brought into your life and into our church. Can you name 10? And thank Him for those blessings…tell others about those blessings as the Psalm says to make known His deeds among the people.