A simple, life-changing list
The idea came from a book I’m reading. The context came from a recent trip to Africa. And the implications could radically change your life.
It’s a simple list of your blessings. You know, those little things that make life enjoyable. If they’re good, they’re ultimately blessings from God, the source of all that is good. And reminding yourself of the good things God has given you has a powerful effect on the way you live your life today. Because it’s easy to live focused on the stuff that’s NOT good. Your job situation, your marriage, your old car that needs major repairs, or your parents ailing health.
I’m reading a book called, The Good and Beautiful God. And the author suggests a simple exercise of making a list of your blessings. So I’ve been doing that. It didn’t hurt that I just returned from a two weeks trip to Africa, where I watched people live without most of the things we think are essential for the good life. And yet they had joy. As I make my list each day, it changes something in me. I think it will do the same for you.
So why not start your list today. Try listing ten blessings. If you’re stuck, maybe some of the things from my lists will help you. Here’s a sample:
- Family and friends
- A comfortable bed
- A reliable car
- Bicycles (hey, what did you expect from me!)
- The Psalms
- Clean water
- Freedom to worship
- Wireless internet
- Air conditioning
- The smell of fresh cut grass
- Glasses that correct my vision
- Long summer days
I could go on…but you get the idea. Grab a pen and paper. Start your list today. Change your life forever. And let me know how it goes.
P.S. Join me this Sunday as we launch a new series, “When You Haven’t Got A Prayer.”