My walk this morning was such a treat. I loved seeing the houses nestled in snow and the woods adorned in the white of winter. While I was walking my heart was full of praise and thanksgiving for all of the good things God has given to me now and throughout my entire life. I was reminded of a passage from the book, Out to Canaan, by Jan Karon.
And while he did the run to Farmer, he would do a seemingly childish thing – he would count his blessings as far as he could. Quite possibly the list could go on until Wednesday, for he knew a thing or two about blessings and how they were, even in the worst of times, inexhaustible.
It’s all too easy to complain and not focus on the goodness of God in my life. I know when I’ve failed to be thankful, I’m a miserable person. My desire is to be a thankful person and a blessing to others. I know I’m always refreshed when I spend time with others who have a grateful and joyful heart. The company of someone who is critical and complaining just isn’t much fun. Once I get started counting my blessings, I realize there are countless reasons for thankfulness.
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.