Count your blessings

Dr. Robin H. Kimbrough

Dr. Robin H. Kimbrough

One thing we can easily find ourselves doing is complaining. We all can complain about something, because life is not perfect. However imperfect it is, there is perfection taking place in our lives, if we are willing to see it—and allow the Spirit of Jesus Christ to reveal it.

We have all heard the classic lyrics: “I’ve had some good days; I’ve had some bad days. But my good days outweigh my bad days; I won’t complain.” If we were to take the time to count our blessings, and concentrate on the good things that are happening to us, rather than focusing on the bad, we would not have time to complain. We need to count our blessings. The truth is we are blessed.

Let me repeat that—we are blessed. Paul, in Ephesians, lets us know that we are blessed—and that are blessings come from Jesus Christ. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ,” Ephesians 1:3. Once we bless the Lord from whom all blessings flow, then we realize how much we are really blessed. The reason why some of us cannot count our blessings is because we do not know what to count.

We really do not know what a blessing is. When we are unable to define or describe a blessing, we will find ourselves always starting with zero and ending with zero. We are blessed with spiritual blessings. If we do not possess a luxury car, or if we live in a certain zip code, or we are living our last days with a hospice nurse, it does not mean that we are not blessed. A person can still be poor and sick and have some blessings to count.

Having spiritual blessings means that we possess power, faith, and grace enabling us to know that we are blessed even while we are going through stuff making us feel like we are under a curse. In spite of our circumstances, we are blessed. Once we are able to define how blessed we are with what Jesus Christ has given us in the spiritual realm, we can count our blessings. We can count the ways Jesus Christ has enabled us to overcome some seemingly impossible obstacles.

We can enumerate the times Jesus empowered us to meet very difficult situations and suffering with faith and trust. We can take inventory of how the Lord supplied every one of our needs and our wants.

If we counted up all of our blessings, we would run out of fingers and toes. If we had a thousand tongues, we would have used every one of them to count out our blessings. Having a beautiful home is wonderful; driving a nice car is great (especially if the note is affordable); being able to go to work every day is an off the chain blessings. But at the end of the day knowing that we are in our right minds, we have the gift of salvation, and have the ability to know Jesus Christ—these are immeasurable blessings. We need to be grateful.

If we are grateful and giving, we will have the ability to unleash multitudes of blessings.  Regardless of what is going on in our lives, we are blessed. If we permit the devil to distract us with what Jesus Christ is doing in other people’s lives, and what he is not doing in our lives, we are going to miscount how much he has done for us.

When life starts to overwhelm us and we feel dumpy and depressed and like Jesus has forgotten about us, let us take a moment and count our blessings.