Count Your Blessings

(cc) Paul O'Rear

(cc) Paul O’Rear

The old familiar hymn encourages us to “Count your many blessings, name them one by one”. That’s actually not a bad idea. When the economy is in a slump, and gas prices are high, and lots of people are out of work, it’s easy to become pessimistic.

But stop for a minute and think about those who live in literal poverty.

  • Every three-and-one-half seconds, someone in the world dies of hunger or a hunger-related cause. I doubt that anyone reading this article has ever experienced true hunger.
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  • In Dallas alone, there are thousands of children who do not have a roof over their heads when they go to sleep at night. I’ve never had to crawl inside a cardboard box under a bridge to find a place to sleep on a cold winter night.

Count your many blessings, name them one by one!

Though we live in a country whose official motto is “In God we trust”, we cannot mention God in our schools. It seems as if our religious freedom – one of the basic principles on which this country was founded – is in ever-increasing jeopardy because of so many who do not share the moral values of our founding fathers.

Consider, however, the millions of people who have lived their entire lives under religious oppression. Untold numbers of people have never enjoyed the freedoms – religious and otherwise – that we take for granted every day. Through the years, many people all over the world have lost their lives simply because they have professed their faith in Jesus Christ. For the moment at least, we still have the freedom to assemble peacefully to worship our God as we see fit.

Count your many blessings, name them one by one!

Life has its challenges. Struggles abound and they are very real. No one is immune from difficulties.

But life is also full of blessings. Try doing what the song suggests. Sit down with a pen and paper and just start writing down anything that comes to mind that you would consider a blessing:

  • family
  • friends
  • church
  • Christian brothers and sisters
  • job
  • house
  • cars
  • vacations
  • freedom …

It doesn’t take very long to realize how richly blessed each of us is.

“Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done!”

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  1. Count Your Blessings, by Paul O’Rear, Creative Commons License.

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