Count blessings, not days

Do you sometimes count the days until your vacation and then, while on holiday, end up counting the days until you return home?

In the United States and Canada, Thanksgiving is traditionally the time when people count their blessings and express gratitude for the harvest of good that they have reaped throughout the year. But counting our blessings need not be confined to just one time of the year. God's goodness is continuously pouring forth in bountiful measure every moment of every day.

Frequently we are tempted to think that good is confined to a certain place, a certain person, or some special day or occasion. Not so. Right at this very moment we possess by divine inheritance, as man, the offspring of God, all the good that we need.

Once when the days seemed to drag endlessly, I began to count the days. I mentioned this to a friend, and she said, "Count blessings, not days." That counsel really shook me up and got me back on the track.

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