Do you have anything to be thankful for?
In his classic novel Robinson Crusoe, author Daniel Defoe has shipwrecked Crusoe take an inventory of his life on his desolate island.
He makes two lists: one was a list of problems, while the other one is a list of blessings.
A problem he writes about is that he has no clothing. On the positive list he writes that the weather is warm and he really has little need for clothing.
Another problem is that all of his provisions were lost at sea. But on the other list he writes that he has fresh fruit and water and can provide for himself.
And so on it goes. He lists his problems and lists all that he is grateful for. Surprisingly the list of his assets far exceed his liabilities.
How long would your list be if you took inventory of your list of blessings, i.e. all that things you can give thanks for?
- For family
- For friends
- For faith
- For health
- For the necessities of life itself
Did you know that some one million people will die this week: how is your health?
Those fortunate enough to have food, clothing and shelter have more than much of our world’s population will ever possess.
How long would your list be if you took an inventory of your blessings, and then added one new item daily? You be amazed at the size of the list.
You have 1,440 minutes in every day. How would your life be different if you spent just 15 of those minutes daily giving thanks?
Just 15 minutes filling your mind with concrete examples of how fortunate you are?
Most of us would discover even after a few days that the exercise was life changing.
Poet Courtland Sayers put it this way
One million flowers fresh in dew.
Five thousand sunsets wrapped in gold
One million snowflakes served ice cold.
Five quiet friends, one baby’s love
One white sea of clouds above.
One June night in a fragrant wood
One heart that loved and understood.
I wondered when I waked that day
In God’s name, how could I ever pay?