Spoiled By The Blessings

Do you get so used to having blessings at your disposal that you forget how blessed you are? 

Do you have food in your cupboard?  Does clean water run from your faucet?  Do you realize that in the United States, even in the wealthier ones like Maryland, that there are still people living in houses that don't have indoor plumbing?  Do you believe that you are entitled-- that you have rights--to these things.  Well, there's a spoiled attitude right there.  Not that this is wrong; it just is. 

You are a blessed person. Wouldn't it be a good exercise to consider the simpler things that you and I so readily and regularly take for granted, and just dwell on them a bit?  

I remember when I bought my first house, a two bedroom townhouse in East Baltimore.  One day I sat on a step in the stairwell and just looked at the walls on either side of me.  I touch one side and just thought, "Wow, I have a wall."  It was really cool.  This is my wall.  I felt a sense of overwhelming gratitude.  A lot of people around the world don't even have a house or an apartment, or even a room to rent.

The wall felt good.  Being thankful for it and the rest of the house connected to it, lifted my spirits.  I have found over the years that a grateful heart is generally a happy heart.  The reverse is certainly true as well.  An unthankful person is an unhappy person.

There is good advice from the Apostle Paul, as he writes to the Philippian church from prison.

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:6-7)

Then he says to focus your mind:

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, ...noble, ...just, ...pure, ... whatever things are lovely, ...of good report, if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. ..these do, and the God of peace will be with you." (v.8-9)

There is so much treasure laying about.  How much better off you would be if you realized how much better off you already are.