Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Pushing through adversity”
Our Bible verse for today: “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name.”
Our thought for today: “Count your blessings – name them one by one …”
I’m currently reading a biography about a man by the name of Noah Galloway. The title is “Living with No Excuses”. It’s a great title because that’s exactly what Noah does – he lives without excuses. It’s a good thing too because if he wanted to, Noah could find lots of reasons to make excuses. Noah is a veteran of the war in Iraq. He lost an arm and a leg to a roadside bomb. So he now faces life as a double amputee.
I’m going to tell you more about Noah’s story at another time because it’s a very inspiring story, but one of the things Noah’s story did for me is it caused me to remember how much I have to be thankful for. For one thing, I still have all of my limbs. I have two arms and I have two legs. Granted they’re short legs (I’m only 5’ 10”) but still, even though they’re short, there are two of them. And I have two arms, along with ten fingers. I can see pretty well too because I have both of my eyes and a good pair of glasses. Also, I live in middle-income America rather than in a grass hut in Africa. I have plenty of food too, as well as a dependable car (and a Harley), and I have a good income.
I could go on but you get the point. I, like you, have a lot to be thankful for. Unfortunately I tend to take so much for granted! I can’t remember the last time I thanked God that I do have two legs – even if they are short ones. Nor have I thanked Him lately for puppies, or clean sheets, or cornflakes. Life itself is a gift and my sixty-three years of life (so far) are a lot more than many people get.
Even on a good day we take many of our blessings for granted, but when we’re going through times of adversity we are especially prone to focus on our few problems rather than on our many blessings. In church we sometimes sing the old Baptist hymn “Count Your Blessings”:
“Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your blessings, see what God hath done; Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your many blessings see what God hath done.”
On this Thanksgiving Day 2017 I encourage you to spend some time counting your blessings. Count the big ones and the small ones. Thank God for your life, and for your family, and for your friends. And then be sure to thank Him for the blessings you might normally take for granted.
My family and I wish you and your family a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.