Have you ever had a friend or acquaintance that, from all outward appearances, has never experienced a true hardship in all their life? You've never seen them face a major life catastrophe or need. It appears that, compared to you, they have life easy. The operative word in that sentence is compared. God's Word says in 2 Corinthians 10:12 that when we compare ourselves with others we aren't wise. But, I know I've done it, and I assume you probably have, too. For example, during challenging times in the ministry, I've been guilty of comparing my life with the life of friends who don't live the life of pastor/pastor's wife or during tough financial times I've inwardly compared my life to those who don't appear to have those type of struggles. Truthfully though, I don't know, can't always see on the outside, the suffering of others. And, let's just get real, if we're into comparing, compared to so many in this world, I have no excuse for complaining. My point? Comparing robs us of having an attitude of gratitude. Instead, comparison causes us to develop the mindset that when God was handing out blessings, somehow we got the short end of the stick. While, I can't say I don't still fall into the comparison trap sometimes, deliberately writing down my blessings for the past six years has helped me to recognize that I haven't got the short end of any stick, what I have is a truly blessed life.
Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little green journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
-oldest granddaughters tonsil/adenoid surgery went well
-figuring out a good walking route in our new neighborhood
-oldest grandson coming over to watch the Seahawks game with Papa
and being so sweet and thankful for the dinner I made him
-sweet time in the Word
-great service from the heating/cooling repairman for free!
-youngest grandson okay after a trip to ER with breathing problems
-waking up to some long overdue rain
-getting a few more things organized around the house
-spending the day with my youngest granddaughter
-hot pho soup and jasmine tea for dinner
-my sweet friend from church coming over so I could teach her to make homemade bread and soup
-this beautiful autumn day
-God's presence so real and near during my prayer time
-an encouraging phone call
-a wonderful date day after weeks of not having our regular day off together
-getting a new coffee maker on sale with an extra 20% off after our old coffee maker broke
-our new dining room lights and the kitchen microwave/range hood in,
little by little things are getting done
-a super sweet video of our six year old granddaughter
-falling asleep early after not sleeping well the night before
-such wonderful worship
-a beautiful new watercoloring by a friend from church
-God's amazing grace