“Count your blessings” – Og Madino. This is perhaps one of the most common quote I have come across without really digesting the meaning. As simple and popular as the quote may be very few of us have actually sat down and done what it says.
That is counting our blessings. With the fast-changing and demanding world of today, people are busy with the hassles and bustles of life. Some have turned into perpetual complainants. “I should have this and that; I am not this and that; maybe I should be this and that.” Well, maybe you should stop complaining and count your blessings.
Start by counting yourself lucky that you are alive, which is the most important thing. The fact that you are alive gives you a chance to have a go at anything.
You are Better than the Next Person
Have you ever realized that there are more people in a much worse position than you are in? If you are able to read this article on the internet I would consider you much lucky and privileged. The fact that you are going through a difficult situation does not necessarily mean you are not blessed.
Thank your creator that; you are alive and not dead; you are better than the man who sleeps on the streets and does not know where his next meal will come from.
No matter what your circumstances may be, be rest assured that someone out there is in a worse off situation than you.
I am not trying to condemn your position nor encourage you to stay in your current position but merely trying to uplift you so that you look to the brighter side of life. Also, know that some of those who have succeeded in life have come from much worse situations than you are in.
The difference is that they turned their difficult circumstances and seized the opportunity and moved on from there.
If you are in a position of need I believe that “necessity is the mother of invention” – Proverb.
I find it impossible to mention a product that was not invented for a purpose. I would challenge you to name one. If you are hungry go find work, get paid, and buy food. Do not seat idle and wait to be fed.
Count it all Joy
Maybe you are in a job that does not pay you enough; well firstly money is never enough and secondly, thank God, you at least have an income to count on. The more you earn the more you spend.
Maybe your business is not doing fine at least you are trying and doing something. Count it all joy in everything you are doing because your blessing is on the way.
Keep the faith and always remember to give thanks to your creator for whatever little you have. Growth comes from the small things that we get and when put together they become big.
I have learned to be happy with what I have and I thank my creator for it. Have you ever given a small child a gift even though it is not enough and they say thank you dad for the toy with a smile on their face? How does that make you feel? Exactly the same with our creator but, he has more compassion than you and I can comprehend. I just feel that it is polite to say thank you for any gift you receive.
Do Not Despair You are Blessed
Why do you despair for it is written “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes” – the Bible. Instead, take time to appreciate what you have.
Many times we do not realize that half a loaf in your hands is better than none. Appreciate the children that you have; thank God for your wife or husband; thank him for your life, there is so much to be thankful for even in your current situation.
Take a minute to think that right now as you are reading this article there are some people gasping for air in hospitals yet, you are freely taking in the same air without a gasp. Forget about your worries and start counting your blessings.
I hope this article has helped you realize that you are such a blessed human being and that if you are going through trials and tribulations consider them as challenges. Imagine life without challenges wouldn’t that be boring? I believe that after every storm comes calmness.
May the peace of the Lord be upon your life and always remember to “standout tall and be counted.”