Blog Your Blessings Sunday

by Hopeful Spirit on Sunday, July 22, 2007

Hopeful Spirit blogs about her blessings at On the Horizon

An embar­rass­ment of riches.”

You are no doubt famil­iar with that phrase. It came to me as I sat down to write this article.

It refers to feel­ing so com­pletely blessed that one is ashamed to talk about the things they are grate­ful for. It also implies some guilt about hav­ing so much … when so many have little.

That applies to me. As I’m sit­ting here typ­ing, it occurs to me that I have a lot of the things that other peo­ple want. A good edu­ca­tion. A good job. A lovely, com­fort­able home in a nice com­mu­nity and neigh­bor­hood. Reli­able trans­porta­tion. Good health, mem­ber­ship at a well-equipped fit­ness club, health insur­ance. Food in the refrig­er­a­tor and cup­boards. Healthy fam­ily mem­bers, won­der­ful friends. Inter­est­ing hob­bies, includ­ing this lit­tle blog, that keep me con­stantly enter­tained, amused and wish­ing for more hours in the day. A few bucks in the bank with which to keep the bill col­lec­tors at bay and sur­vive the inevitable “rainy day”.

So it occurs to me that, at least on this beau­ti­ful Sun­day, I’m pretty well “set”.

Do I want more? Of course. I’m human, after all. We always want more, don’t we? I want more gad­gets, more nice cloth­ing, more money, more pres­tige and influ­ence in the busi­ness world, more vaca­tion time in order to travel to more exotic loca­tions that I have never seen …

But if I never get more of any­thing, I will be just fine. Because I have enough. Our Divine Cre­ator always ensures that we have enough. We may not have the things we long, yearn, lust for, but we have the things that we need and that is an impor­tant dis­tinc­tion. Too often, I for­get that even though I don’t have all the things I dream about hav­ing, I have enough. I have plenty. And plenty is a great thing to be grate­ful for.

Con­sider the lilies, how they grow: they nei­ther toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed him­self like one of these.

But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomor­row is thrown into the fur­nace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of lit­tle faith!

And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying.

For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things.

But seek His king­dom, and these things will be added to you.”

Luke 12:2–31

Have a won­der­ful, blessed Sunday!

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