Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Don't Worry 10 - Count Your Blessings

It's been a while! Here's another way the Christian can avoid worrying.

10. Count your blessings

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. (Johnson Oatman)

This isn’t one of my favourite hymns, but there is truth in what it says. Concentrating on God’s goodness and all that he’s done, helps us to realise how little we really have to worry about.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)

We have wonderful blessings to look forward to in heaven, but even in this world we’ve known wonderful providences from God. When you’re tempted to worry, spend some time thinking about how good he’s been to you up to now (even despite, perhaps, your previous worries!)