There was a man who owned a lovely farm, but over the years he began to take it for granted. He even reached the point were he was tired of it. He decided that he would put it up for sale and find a better one. He called a realtor who came out and surveyed all the good qualities of his farm. He took pictures of the beautiful land and barn. He went back to his office and wrote a description of the property for the newspaper.

A few days later, the farmer picked up the paper and saw pictures of a farm that excited him. He read the description of the farm of his dreams. It was everything that he ever wanted. The only problem was that it was his farm. He rushed to the phone, called his realtor and said, “Don’t you dare sell this farm to anyone else! After reading about it in the paper, I now realize that this is the kind of farm I’ve always wanted!”

One of the greatest weakness of the human race is that we take our blessings for granted. How often do we overlook all the things in our lives that are good? We always seem to think the grass is greener somewhere else.

Have you ever sat down and made a list of the good things that you have in your life? Have you ever made a list of your good qualities? Or, have you lost sight of the good things in your life because you’re too busy wishing you were someone else? Remember, contentment is a state of mind and having the right attitude. Paul was burdened by problems far beyond what most of us have ever known. However, he could still write: “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11b). He was in prison when he wrote those words.

Most of us have a job, family, car, food, clothing, shelter, and many luxuries. Even if we don’t have the health we would like, we have access to the finest medical facilities in the world to help us when we are sick. We have a Bible that is capable of directing our lives to God and His perfect Will. Considering all this, we should really take the advice of the classic hymn written by Johnson Oatman and E.O. Excell, “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.

We don’t need to ask God to bless us! When we take time to count our many blessings, we will see that God has already blessed us! We don’t need to beg God for His blessings. We need to thank God because He has already blessed us! As Paul wrote, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

Let’s all take a close look at our lives and count our blessings! Does this find you a faithful Christian? Are you showing God daily how much you appreciate all of His blessings? Although His physical blessings are great, they do not compare with His spiritual blessings. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3). Everyone who comes with a repentant, believing heart, confessing Jesus as the Christ, and being baptized can receive the forgiveness of all their sins. God’s children who go astray can return to Him confessing and repenting of their sins—asking for forgiveness through prayer.

Let’s open our eyes to the physical and spiritual blessings in our lives, and let’s give God the glory. Let us never be greedy, but let us share our blessings with others—especially our spiritual blessings.

~ Mike