It’s been said that if we truly counted our blessings, we may never again have to think about our sorrows. Counting blessings is like stacking up reasons to be grateful. If we planted a flower, for instance, for every time we were conscious about our sense of gratitude, many of us would have an incredible garden to behold. Some of us though, may look around and wonder why nothing ever seems to bloom.
Charles Dickens reminded us to “reflect upon our present blessings, of which everyone has many, not on our past misfortunes, of which everyone has some.” Getting your gratitude garden to grow may be as simple as that, reflecting on your present blessings. If you offer thanks for your family, your health, your work, your faith, or some other area of your life, you may find more seeds of joy than you expected. You may have a million reasons to be thankful.
Has anyone done something nice for you in the past few days? Have you shared your talents and your ideas with another? Have you had a chance to shop for something new, walk peacefully along the road, undisturbed and quiet? Have you been able to take a class, go to a movie, worship as you please? If so, then today, you have delightful reasons to be grateful.
As we come to Gratitude Day, let’s open our hearts to all that we have and hold closely those things that strengthen our lives and make the ride worthwhile. When we think about it, we may discover we have an abundance of reasons to declare our joy right out loud.
If your list begins to run dry, remember all the people who are grateful today because they know You! No doubt, they are offering thanks for wonderful you at this very moment!