By Sarah Thompson
Enid News and Eagle
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:18
In Numbers 11, the Israelites had been liberated from slavery, delivered from their enemies and given the perfect supply of food.
Yet, they began to complain because they did not have the assortment of food they wanted. They began to focus on what they lacked rather than on what God had done for them. Discontentment became their demise.
Like the Israelites, how much time do we spend complaining about what we don’t have rather than what God has blessed us with?
The following item by an anonymous author has been widely quoted for many years, and puts it all in perspective:
“If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who won’t survive the week.
“If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 20 million people around the world.
“If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death, you are more blessed than almost three billion people in the world.
“If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of this world.
“If you have money in the bank, in your wallet and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8 percent of the world’s wealthy.
“If your parents are still married and alive, you are very rare, especially in the United States.
“If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
“If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer God’s healing touch.
“If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read anything at all.
“You are so blessed in ways you may never even know.”
If you are feeling blessed, repay the blessings bestowed unto you and do something for others.
A blessing cannot be kept. If it stops with you, then the blessing will disappear. The blessing will only keep working if it is continuously passed around.
If you are a recipient of a blessing, keep the blessing working by being the source of blessing to other people.
Follow Sarah Thompson, who is a social worker in the Enid area, at mysemi-dysfunctionallife.blogspot.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.