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What do you have in your life to be thankful for?

One of my mom’s favourite songs was: Count your blessings. We focus so much on the wrong, what we don’t have, the injustices and unfairness in life, and we forget to be grateful for what we have.
We cling to our earthly possessions as if though it will bring us peace. When an elderly person has to give up their home to move to something smaller, it is hard to let go, because they have worked hard for it. I have once again realized that stuff does not bring peace or happiness, but the grace of God does, as well as your obedience.
What do you do when your world falls apart? When life as you know it does a complete U-turn… When you lose your job, your child dies, your house is repossessed, your loved one leaves you for another… Do you turn to God when you have no one else?
When you’ve lost everything in your life and your world flips upside down; how do you keep your faith? Do you focus on the wrong, the lack, the hurt? When the darkness of depression seems to overtake your mind, and you do not see a way out, what do you do?
It feels like everything in the universe is out to get you. You don’t have friends that you can trust, you’re struggling with family problems, and you just can’t catch a break. Do you pray? Do you ask for help from God? When you’re feeling down, or when you’ve got the world against you, or when you’ve lost everything…..look to the one thing you still have —God.
We all get caught up in our own little worlds. We all think that the little things in our life are so important; and to us, they are. But, when our world comes to a complete halt, none of us jumps the gun to ask God to help, or prays, or read scriptures. It’s hard. We don’t want to wait around for things to get better…we want them back to normal now! Ask for strength to get through the tough times. Ask for patience until things get better. Ask for wisdom to go about the situation the right way. Ask for faith.
However, if you look around you, see the destitute, the hungry, the orphaned, and the hurt, those without hope, do you have empathy and compassion or are you focussing so much on your own needs and hurts that you don’t see the need of others? Is that not what God has created us for? To be there for each other?
Here is the first verse of the above-mentioned song:
When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

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