Do you thank God for your Blessings? It seems I spend more time in prayer asking God for things rather than thanking Him for what He’s done. In my self -pity, I seem to compare myself with friends and people I admire. There’s always someone who is more talented, more popular and more organized. I should remember to be thankful. For example, I am thankful God hasn’t answered all my prayers.
Earlier, in my prayers, I had asked God to help me get on the basketball team. Emma, a friend, lives down the street. She is great at sports. A few weeks ago, I was embarrassed in front of the rest of the team, when Emma, team captain, of the after-school basketball team, and the most popular girl in class said to me, “Alyssa, I don’t want to make you feel bad. But it takes a lot of running and dribbling, and co-ordination to make the team. Isn’t that right, Mary?” Emma nodded to her second-in command- standing beside her.
“That’s right,” Mary said. “You know Alyssa, you made a lot of mistakes this afternoon. And you missed all your basket shots.”
“Maybe, you should try out for the volleyball team,” Emma said. “They don’t have to move around the court as much as we do. They stand more in place. I think volleyball would be a lot easier for you.”
I nodded. I was so embarrassed, I wanted to crawl in a hole and hide. After dinner that evening, my mom tried to tempt me with my favorite desert- chocolate pudding, and I didn’t even want any.
I had asked God for His help to get on the basketball team, and I didn’t make it. I was sad. Could I look at the situation the way God expected me to do? Finally, I sighed, as I admitted to myself, it was true, I wasn’t very coordinated. Once I almost fell down trying to dribble a pass ball from a team member.
But now, I feel a lot better these days. I’m on the volleyball team, and I’m serving good shots over the net. I’m enjoying myself. I’m exercising and getting physically fit, and I think this is the plan God had for me, even though it is different from what I had wanted.
There are times, I’m sure you will agree, we’ve spoken a cross word to a friend or a loved one, or a time when our younger brother or sister tried our patience. I remember while enjoying my own good health, I forgot to visit my friend Debbie, when she was sick. I know she would have been glad to see me.
When I enter into self-pity, I try to think of all my blessings. My first blessing is my physical and mental good health. A second blessing is my Christian home and family. I remember my personal possessions and all the wonderful things I have– my room, my TV, my computer, and my cell phone.
When I think of all the abundance I enjoy compared to the rest of the world’s population. I know God has blessed me by letting me live here, when I remember there are millions living in poverty in many countries in the world today.
God didn’t promise to grant me all my wishes, but He did say He’d meet my needs. It’s time to trust God and know that He has our best welfare at heart, and He knows our future. I should be more grateful.
It’s time to count my blessings and thank God for His goodness to me. I should say, “‘Thank You, God, for all You’ve done for me, and for all You’re going to do'”
I think I’ll begin right now!
written by Evelyn Horan