What do you find it easier to do: Count your blessings; or count your failures? Count the things that you have done, or count the things you haven’t?
I know which one is easier for me.
I guess I’m good at complaining. My husband tells me, in his American accent, that it’s a British thing.
Maybe it is, I’m not sure though.
All I know, is that I find it easy to complain. Whether it’s about the weather, work, or where I’m living: I find it much easier to notice what has gone wrong than what has gone right.
I can try and excuse my saying that actually a lot has gone wrong recently (and in a lot of ways it has!) But all this negativity doesn’t only make me miserable, it makes everyone around me miserable to, because before I know it I’m bending their ears with my complaints.
But it doesn’t have to be like this, I don’t have to be negative, I can change my perspective.
As the words of the childrens’ song say,
Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
When we remember our blessings, it’s like collecting little gems. The beautiful stones remind us of the good things that God has done for us.
When I start counting my blessings it’s hard. But the more I try the easier it becomes. And I’m surprised to find the words of that song are actually true. That I am surprised by all that God has done.
Yes it may sound cheesy, it may sound like the Sunday School answer, but it works.
And the great thing about it: when I remember all that God has done for me I am filled with joy that overflows, I am no longer bitter and I am able to praise God freely.