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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.

  • @Chris Thank you so much. Keep counting your blessings, my friend. God bless you and thanks for the comment!

  • I couldn’t agree more. When things aren’t going well – you need to remind yourself often that of the good stuff in your life.
    I regularly count my blessings – it usually helps me get through the bad days.

  • @David – Keeping a Gratitudes Book is a great practice to keep. I bet it’s interesting to look back over time and see the little things that we take for granted. I agree… the sun never goes down. Not even when it’s cloudy, not even when it’s raining. Even in the dark of the night, the sun is still there. Thank you for you comment and God bless!

  • “I am grateful that my children have grown into fine young adults” I have maintained a Gratitudes Book for 4 years now, it’s getting pretty full.
    Focussing on the great things in Life puts “the curses” in the shade. I look at Life this way, even if its’ raining, the sun is still shining…..it’s just taking a well earned rest and will be back again soon. Thank you Jarrod for sharing your wisdom.
    be good to yourself
    David

  • @Galen – I love The Gratitude Challenge. That’s a great practice to use. In fact, I was practicing it today without even knowing about it. Something happened earlier that was not to my likening. And I made a choice to say I’m thankful for it. I said it over and over again. And surely enough, I began to really be grateful for it. Thank you so much for commenting. PS: I didn’t get your comment on my blog but I will do some background checking to see if there are any complications that need to be tweaked. Again thanks and God bless you!

    @Debbie – I think it’s great that you’re able appreciate the things that always seem to get overlooked. A warm and safe house, and a hard working spouse is something very much worth being grateful for. I was just thinking earlier today that we take a lot of things for granted. And a thought came to mind to simply stay focused on the good, and be thankful for everything. God bless you and thank you for commenting!