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Written By Eddie Vines

Eddie Vines is a former Jefferson county Judge and currently serves as President of Faith Fortress Ministries

Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget none of His benefits

Having had the opportunity to do missions work over the years in such places as India, Central America, and the former Soviet Union, I have seen multitudes of people who have never experienced the benefits of liberty, prosperity, decent housing or even nutritious food. After visiting one of these places, I always feel like kissing the ground when I return home.

It is for this reason that it distresses me when I hear American Christians say such things as “Just my luck!” or “Wouldn’t you just know it?” when things go wrong in their lives. I don’t mean to judge too harshly because it is simply human nature to focus on the negative aspects of our lives rather than recognizing the positive. There is one way, however, to overcome this human tendency and infuse joy into your days. That is, to simply count your blessings.

 Since we were small children most Americans have been instructed to do this. Parents, Sunday school teachers and hymns would repeatedly remind us to consciously think about all the many good things God has done for us as individuals and as a nation. 

 The fact is, for so long as we are travelling through this fallen, dysfunctional world, we will encounter trials and frustrations. This is why thanking God as we pray and naming our blessings one by one not only gives proper credit to the provider of those good things but also helps to push away our own negative thoughts as we focus on our home, jobs, loved ones, liberties and countless other good things we have in our lives. Let us all thank God for our material blessings and above all for making a way for our salvation.