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Knowing Where to Look

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Psalm 68:19

It was a cold, windy day at my house a few years ago. I don’t like the cold, so I try my best to stay inside on days like that. I love the outdoors, however, so most of the exuberance is drained from my body on cold, windy days. On the north side of my house, the same direction from which the wind came, I had several towering pine trees. The wind always wreaked havoc on my yard as it blew through those trees and knocked out pine cones, pine needles, and anything else the trees could possibly offer its menacing power. But the birds loved it. While I was sulking about having to stay inside and about the mess I was going to have to clean up when the wind died down, these feathered creatures were busily plucking the seeds from the same ground I was complaining about. What, to me, was a problem was, to them, a blessing. The seeds were so tiny and buried in the grass that I didn’t even know they were there, but the birds knew where to look.

How often do we go through life looking only at the problems and never seeing the blessings that sit wrapped up in the same package? I guess it is like one person who is frustrated that he must go through the hassle of unwrapping a present and the other being glad that there was a present inside. We just need to change our perspective if we want to enjoy the blessings of life. The proverbial contrast between the pessimist and the optimist fits well here. One sees the glass as half empty while the other sees the same glass as half full. It is impossible to be happy one-hundred percent of the time because there will be things that make us sad. But overall, as Christians, our lives should radiate joy and happiness because of the many blessings God has given us. Some Christians never see the blessings of God because they are looking for them in money, job promotions, or material things, when those blessings may actually be in the form of family, health, and a relationship with God. The simple truth is this: there are many blessings to be had and many moments to be enjoyed; you just have to know where to look.

Read also: Psalm 68:1-19

Quote of the day: “When everything seems to be going against you, remember the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." – Henry Ford

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