We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.
—Neil A. Maxwell
“Count your blessings.”
Three words so familiar we don’t really hear what they mean anymore. Some days it’s hard to see that blessings touch our lives at all.
But they do.
According to Merriam-Webster, a blessing is “something that promotes or contributes to happiness, well-being, or prosperity; a boon.” I’d say that means we all are blessed. Do you have someone to love? A roof over your head? Clothes on your back? Food in your stomach? The ability to walk on your two feet? Eyes that can see the world around you? Ears that can hear the laughter of a child, or the cry of a heartbroken young lover?
I could go on. And on... Obviously, most of us are living in a veritable downpour of God's blessings. If we woke up this morning and drew another breath of life, blessings abound. Far too many to count, but we should try. Every day.
The question is…are we aware of and grateful for our blessings—however many or few—enough to make them count?
If you have someone to love, then love them…with all that is within you. If you’re fortunate enough to have a solid roof over your head, live well beneath its shelter. A selection of clothing hangs in your closet? Then wear those garments tastefully, with modesty, and with thankfulness. Fill your belly with the food in your pantry…just be sure to give God the glory He deserves for providing it, and to be generous with others who might not be so blessed. If your legs are strong, walk in the way of godliness. If your vision is clear, then “set no evil thing before your eyes.”
Can you hear with your ears? Then listen closely for the still, small voice of God. Hear the love in His gentle tones, and be submissive to His will, for it truly is perfect.