Count Your Blessings
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.
These lyrics of a childhood hymn are spot on: It’s important to name your blessings.
Perhaps in a journal. Perhaps as a morning routine. Certainly in our prayers and in our conversations wherein we celebrate God. With trusting determination, we set our gaze on that for which we are grateful. Even getting in the habit of looking for something is something.
Studies in the areas of neuroscience have discovered that gratitude is more than merely being polite. The practice of gratitude is actually good for you. Benefits include improved moods, reduced worry, feeling more connected to others, improved sleep, better physical health, and being more likely to engage in healthy activities. In short: gratitude is a part of thriving in this world.
It sounds so obvious, we struggle to believe this is a part of clinging to God. And yet, it is.
What percentage of your prayers are spent in gratitude?
For at least one day this week, have a dedicated time of prayer with God where you thank Him for the many blessings in your life. Be specific. Name them.