7 Blessings We Forget to Thank God For

As Thanksgiving approaches and you prepare to count your blessings, remember the following gifts of God that most of us take for granted.

The weather. There’s no shortage of grumbling about days that are too hot, too cold, too rainy, too windy, etc. How often do we consider that the daily weather is among the good and perfect gifts God gives us for our benefit, that the world couldn’t survive without rain, wind, or sun? Do we remember to stand in awe of His power in the storm, let ourselves feel His Spirit moving in the wind, and acknowledge that a truly gorgeous day is His work of art?

Freedom of worship. The next time you want to grumble about this being a “post-Christian society,” pause a moment and consider that you still have the freedom to go to church openly, be honest about your beliefs, and openly protest any actual injustice. That’s far more freedom than many believers, throughout Christian history and still today, have enjoyed.

Modern conveniences. Most of us only think twice about electricity or Internet service when it is interrupted. Even if you belong to the “green” crowd that worries about degrees of temperature added to Earth’s atmosphere with each kilowatt burned, there’s no denying that climate control, motorized transport, and electronic communications have proved invaluable, even lifesaving, in many cases. Remember that God gives the human intelligence to create such things, the materials to build them, and the energy to operate them.

Good food. That’s “good” as in “healthy,” “fresh,” and/or “delicious.” Many of us fail to appreciate food because we associate it with weight gain and what we can’t have, or we fall into the grab-and-gobble-whatever’s-handy-as-we-rush-through-life trap. Why not take the time to eat slowly and appreciate a healthy salad or some fresh fruit, thanking God with each bite?

Education. If you are able to read this blog post, your Bible, or a wholesome story, you are better educated than many people in this world. When you use the skills you learned in school or another class, or even picked up from a book or Web tutorial, remember that God gives knowledge and the insight to benefit from it.

Your physical faculties. Most of you reading this have eyesight, hearing, a pair of working hands, and the ability to walk, talk, smell, and taste. Even if you don’t have all these faculties, or even if the ones you have don’t work as well as you’d like, anything in the above list that functions at all is God’s gift–and one that few people would sell for a million dollars.

Life itself. Have you fallen into the habit of moaning that your life is “drudgery” or something worse? Are you even among those who are considering giving up on life altogether because it “hurts too much”? Stop and think! God doesn’t make worthless things, and He has you in this world for a reason. Any life can be lived with an eye to His love and purposes–and no life lived that way can be anything but a blessing.

When you find yourself getting depressed and thinking you have “nothing to be thankful for,” stop and consider all the everyday blessings God constantly pours into your life. Why not take time each day for the rest of the year to thank Him for everything on the above list?

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5 Comments

  1. Gina Etherton

     /  November 21, 2014

    Nice!

    Reply
  2. Steve Duson

     /  November 21, 2014

    Great words. We DO forget the basics, don’t we?

    Reply
  3. Margaret

     /  November 21, 2014

    So true and nicely said!
    Mom

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  4. janetanncollins

     /  November 21, 2014

    Good reminder. And I’m thankful that we can communicate with each other from far away.

    Reply
  5. Jo Swank

     /  November 22, 2014

    Amen!

    Reply

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