Counting our blessings

A small-town chamber of commerce invited a man to address their annual banquet.  The speaker was asked to be motivational, since the town’s economy had been bad that year and people were discouraged.  During his presentation, the speaker took a large piece of white paper and made a black dot in the center of it with a marking pen.  He then held the paper up before the audience and asked, “What do you see?”  One person replied, “I see a black dot.”  The speaker said, Fine.  What else do you see?”  Other’s chimed in, “A black dot.”  The speaker asked, “Don’t you see anything besides the black dot?”  The audience responded with a resounding “No!”

However, you’ve overlooked the most important thing, the speaker replied.  “You’ve missed seeing the sheet of paper!”  He then went on to explain, “In our lives, we are often distracted by small, dot-like failures.  They keep us from seeing the blessings, successes and joys that are far more important than the disappointments that try to monopolize our energy and attention.  I encourage you to see the big picture of what is right rather than the small view of what is wrong.  Paul reminds us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances.” The songwriter said, “Count your blessings, name them one by one; count your blessings, see what God hath done.”   

Application:  I challenge you as well as myself this week to look back over our life and find all the dots once viewed as difficulties and then look again at how God connected them together for our good, and count our blessings one by one.

By Retired Chaplain (Col.) David Lockhart