Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Do We Have Time for That?

We were in service this afternoon and prepared to sing our first hymn, "Count Your Blessings."  Before we could start singing, Mrs. Anna, one of the residents there asked, "Do we have time for that?"

Of course she wasn't asking if we had time to sing the song, but rather did we have time to count all our blessings.  We replied that even all eternity will not be long enough to count the many blessings our Lord has showered upon us.

Sometimes when I am going to work at night, perhaps still weary from the night before, I will encounter another employee also trudging in.  Inevitably, they will either ask how I am, or make some comment about having to come to work.  I have learned not to travel down the slippery slope of begrudging the fact I am going to work.  Instead I have adopted the truthful answer, "I am happy to have a job to come to."

There are so many blessings, so many positive things in our lives which our enemy would love to deceive us into believing are negatives.  Sometimes it is things we do, situations we are in or even people we know.  When those temptations to being negative come to us, the best thing we can do is to begin counting all the rich blessings we have been given.  We can begin with our very breath!

Acts 17:25
Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though He needed any thing, 
seeing He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

As I write this, I am safe and comfy in my wonderful room.  My house and all that is in it are things I count as blessings.  Beside me is my sweet beagle, Sparrow, one of the most joyous blessings of my life.  Beside her is my husband, inarguable the greatest blessing of all.  I could send my thoughts in ever-widening circles from this room and each step of that journey would reveal more and more blessings our Lord has bountifully bestowed.  

And no, Mrs. Anna, I don't even begin to have the time to count them 

Psalms 126:3
The LORD hath done great things for uswhereof we are glad.

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