Body + Spirit
Count Your Blessings
Today’s Scripture: Every good gift and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17 KJV)
Have you ever felt so lucky or blessed to land your dream job, or buy the perfect house, or meet the perfect man/woman that seemed to fit your dream lifestyle? Your life appears to be on the up and up until things start to get real. All of a sudden the very things that you counted as a blessings have turned into curses. Well, keep reading because the following scenarios will help you to turn your cursed view back into a blessed one. By the time you finish reading this you will begin to count your blessings.
Scenario #1 – Your dream job is perfect. The location is not too far. Your office is a nice size. Your days are flexible and the pay is great. The work load is fair and easy to handle.
Two years later: You find yourself saying things like, “I don’t feel like going to that job today. There’s a lot of work and I’m always working late. My boss is so moody and I’m stressed. I need a raise. Judy’s perfume is so strong that it gives me a headache. I can’t stand this place. Why did I accept this job?”
Lets examine another scenario.
Scenario #2 – Your new house is perfect, it’s just the right size. It’s on a quiet street. The landscaping is beautiful and the back yard is huge. To top it off, the neighbors are really nice.
Three years later: Your new attitude is that this house is too small. All I do is work, work, work! The landscaping is too much work, this back yard is terrible. The mortgage is too much. The bills are too high. The neighbors are too nosey. Why did I even buy this place?
Lets examine just one more scenario.
Scenario #3 – You cannot believe that you finally met your soulmate–your true blessing from God! You love to go out and dine. Take walks through the park while holding hands. You cuddle while watching TV. You even finish each others sentences. You’re both so happy that you can hardly wait to get married.
Five years later: You’re both crying the blues to the tune of we hardly spend any time together. All he does is work. We never go out. All she does is nag. The house is a mess. He won’t pick up his clothes. I can’t stand his family. Why did I marry this fool? Why did God give me this person? Your soulmate has turned into a soul cry.
Stops the tape.
These are just general scenarios of how those things that we hoped and prayed for started off as a blessing, but then turn out to be a curse in the end. The truth is that they don’t have to be curses in the end. You only need to take a step back and analyze your situation before casting your blessings away. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
Where is God in this situation?
Can I hear His voice or just my own?
How will this decision affect my future?
Am I in line with my vision, my goals, and my purpose?
Will the loss be greater than the gain?
Who else will my decision affect?
What about the commitment or the Covenant I made?
It’s not about the job, the thing or the person. Examine your thoughts. If what you wanted then seems to no longer suit your current desires, then carefully weigh the situation before you cast your blessings away. Don’t let temporary problems cause you to make permanent decisions. Every decision you make not only affects you, but the people around you, as well. Line your words up with your purpose. Don’t let the thing that blessed you turn around and curse you all because you spoke it into existence with wrong words. Thoughts turn into words and words turn into actions, so speak life!
Much love and many blessings to you!