Taking Inventory

You take inventory of things quite a lot over the course of your lifetime. Any restaurant employee or retail store manager knows this very well. There are simple things like checking to see if there is enough food in your refrigerator and scribbling down your grocery list on your way out to the minivan. There are scary things like waking up in the middle of the night to an arm void of feeling and the sudden urge to check and see if it is still there. And then there are awful things like waking up from a surgery and doing a quick mental check-off of all the body parts that don’t hurt until you reach the one that does.

Finally, there are important things like counting your blessings. This is something I find that I rarely do in the midst of the grocery runs and surgical check-offs of life. My everyday life is usually focused on… my everyday life, without much room for any exceptions. And this is an area in which I need work.

My life is filled with blessings at every moment. And so is yours.

The Lord has blessed us with more privileges and honors than we can number. The very fact that we are living is a blessing from a God that would have been far more justified in removing life than graciously allowing it to continue into a bright eternity.

Here’s my challenge: Take some time and do a little inventory this Thanksgiving season. Think about how the Lord has blessed you while you find all those little ingredients to stuff inside the turkey. Remember the one to whom your life, your breath, and your next step is credited. Think about the eternity in store for you beside the source of all blessings. Let’s all go into this time of thanksgiving with full recognition of the precious love the Lord manifests throughout every moment of our lives. You might just be happy to find something you didn’t realize the Lord has used to become a blessing to you. But there’s only one way to find out.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.


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