Keeping Score

Have you ever been told to "count your blessings?" How did it make you feel? Unfortunately, most of the time that phrase is used, it’s a dismissal; something not far off from "I’ll give you something to cry about."

Some people believe in a world with limits. They feel that there is only so much good, or love, or truth. They hoard their happy moments and withhold their best selves until they can be assured of validation. They pray prayers of limitation, where they ask a distant God to make the long journey into their lives. And, if a blessing can be fit through that narrow aperture, they are justifiably surprised.

If that’s where "count your blessings" comes from, no wonder it makes people feel small. It’s a small idea.

But God is big. And God is here, never for a moment separate from His creation. The only limitation, the only distance, is in my imagination. I don’t have the power to limit God, of course, but I can limit my ability to experience and express Spirit.

"Count your blessings" can come from a different place if I choose it. Instead of deciding to put up with where I’m at because there may not be any more, what if I decide to be thankful for blessings that never cease?

your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. (Matthew 6:8, NASB)

in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NASB)

The Bible places far more emphasis on thank you than it does on please. Yes, manners are important. But let’s be careful not to have our please be pleas. If I’m asking God to show up in my life, I’m saying that He is not already here. If I’m telling somebody on Facebook that I’m going to "send" them "energy," whatever that is, aren’t I really saying that there is more good in some places than in others? It’s time to grow into a bigger understanding of how God works.

Every moment is a miracle. But I won’t see, and thus won’t experience, the big demonstrations until I can see the small ones for what they really are. So let’s count them. Let’s do everything we can to remember that God is at work in our lives, right here and now.

‘You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' (Matthew 25:23, NASB)

There’s something going on right now to be thankful for. There’s something small that will help you get ready for something big. Let’s get good at this. Let’s get strong. Let’s count our blessings.