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Count Your Blessings (Even in the Bad Times)

By on Nov 10, 2011


Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. – M. Kathleen Casey

Once again, we have embarked upon the season of thanksgiving. In this joyous season, it’s a time to reflect upon our loved ones, blessings, the favor of God, and the undeserved mercies that have been granted to us.

But unfortunately, we don’t always show gratitude and count the blessings the way we should.

Too often, we get in a mindset of doing the opposite. We end up counting the curses instead of the blessings. We find ourselves focusing on what’s going wrong in our lives, instead of what’s going right. As a result, we start a downward spiral of negativity, strife, and turmoil in our lives.

Remember that there’s a silver lining in everything situation.

The greater good

The reality is God hasn’t promised us that everyday would be sunshine. Instead, He chose to mix it up with a little rain. It’s the rain that causes us to appreciate the sunshine. Our sorrows cause us to appreciate the joyous times. It’s the hurt and pain that causes us to appreciate the pleasures of life.

Speaking of appreciation, have you ever given someone a gift, and after opening the gift, they showed a lack of gratitude for the gift? Maybe it was something they couldn’t appreciate. Maybe it was a gift that they couldn’t use. And instead of showing gratitude and thanksgiving, they complained.

They seemed to miss the whole point.

Well in the same way, when we go around with our head down, focused on all the negativity, we’re indirectly saying to God, the ultimate gift giver “thanks, but no thanks.” James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift, comes from above.”

A good thing to remember is that everything works out for our greater good. God wouldn’t put more on you than you can bear. Every bad storm, every heartache, every disappointment will eventually work out for your good. Even the seemingly small and insignificant blessings are tailor-made for you.

Even what your enemies meant for your bad, God can work it out for your good.

How to count your blessings

Make a choice to focus on every good and perfect thing in any and every situation. Count your blessings, not your curses. The good news is that in the end, you’ll look back and realize that even the curses were blessings in disguise.

Here’s a challenge.

Take a sheet of paper and draw a vertical line down the middle. On the left column, list all the things that are blessings. And on the right column, list all the things that seem to be a curse. You will be amazed at how the blessings always outweigh the curses.

I know it sounds cliché, but things can always be worse. But be encouraged and make a habit of counting your blessings, instead of your curses.

And as you do so, I believe you’ll experience an overflow of joy and peace as you charge forth on your journey of life!

If you can think of at-least one thing that you’re most grateful for, share it in Comments below. (Reading by email? Visit the blog to share your comment – just click here.)

Jarrod Clark is the author and founder of OptimisticJourney.com where he provides inspirational messages for maintaining an optimistic outlook on life. He writes from a place of life experiences, trials he's faced, and failures and successes that he's encountered, and uses the inspiration obtained during those storms and shares it with you.

  • Andrea

    I agree that our lives mostly would improve by a more positive, thankful attitude. I also believe God will provide. However, it’s important to remember that some people have so much pain in their lives, that this message without some softening understanding, might feel like being spat in the face. Someone who has severe money worries, experience domestic or sexual abuse, has lost a loved one, is fatally ill. I believe God can carry us through even these circumstances. I do not believe that people in severe pain benefits from just being told to be more positive. So a heads up about places to get support and a bit of empathy along with the hope in Gods help, would be good, I think. Even the most “normal” everyday christian person can struggle with severe mental health issues, loneliness or some addiction or other. I’m just saying, as my line of work puts me in touch with a lot of people with some real challenges. Having said all that, God carried me through a tough time when my mother died way too soon. I hadn’t coped as well without the hugs along with the encouragements, though.

  • I’d say count your blessings ESPECIALLY in the bad times. We might find out that the bad times aren’t that after all.

  • @Lynn – I love your gratitude list. Sometimes the simple things like breathing, joy, and even sadness are things we take for granted. I love that you’re able to not only show gratitude for the happy things in life, but the things such as sadness and pain too. Without the hurts and disappointments, we would not grow.

    Thanks for you comment and God bless you!

  • lynn

    am very grateful that i can breath that am alive to see another beautiful day, am greate fu for the wonderful man that i have in my life am greateful for for where iam today and where god is taking me,am greateful for the smile laughter, pain joy and sasnes that have gone though for there made me a better person.