While in a Roman Prison, the Apostle Paul wrote these words to a group of discouraged people over 2,000 years ago.
He said, “Rejoice in the Lord always…Don’t be anxious about anything…Pray about everything…And, be thankful for all things” (paraphrased from Philippians 4:4-7).
So here is the picture. A man in a prison cell reminds those who have way more freedoms and possessions than he does to be thankful for what they have. As a kid I grew up singing that old hymn from 1897 that said, Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Sure enough more and more psychologists confirm that positive thought process today. They say that if we want to find more enjoyment in life, we need to count our blessings. In a recent article I read, one psychologist suggested that to be happier in life, you should make a journal of things for which you are grateful in which you list everything from the mundane to the magnificent.
So, if you are feeling a little blue today, take out a pen or pencil and begin to count your blessings. You might find that you are way more blessed than you originally thought.
Think about it, and have “Blessed” Day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D