Frequently people become discouraged and depressed because of problems they face in life. We are so upset by our difficulties that we fail to appreciate the good things God has given us. Let us stop a moment and "count our blessings."
Consider the physical blessings you have. Acts 17:25 says that God "giveth to all life, and breath, and all things." We Americans sometimes complain about the high cost of living, but where would you go to find people who are more richly blessed than in America? Even our poor people are better off than most people elsewhere!
We complain about the cost of gasoline, but many people in the world do not even have automobiles, let alone gasoline. We complain about poor health, but many of us are responsible for destroying our own health by cigarettes, alcohol, or drugs. We need to count our blessings and use our blessings wisely.
Consider also your family and friends. The Bible teaches that husbands and wives should love one another, parents should love their children, and children should appreciate parents (Titus 2:4; Colossians 3:19; Proverbs 17:6). When was the last time you told someone in your family that you love them? When was the last time you did something special for them to show your appreciation? Do we praise our loved ones for their good qualities, or do we just complain constantly about their shortcomings? Surely we need to "count our blessings."
Finally, consider the spiritual blessings you can have through Jesus. "God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son," so you might have eternal life - John 3:16. God has also given the Bible to tell you exactly how to have a right relationship with Him so you can receive eternal life. Jesus said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved" - Mark 16:16.
No matter how much you suffer in this life, no one can keep you from having the greatest spiritual blessings imaginable! Surely we need to "count our blessings."
(c) Copyright David E. Pratte, 2017
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