Perhaps Daniel Defoe gave us some good advice through his fictitious character Robinson Crusoe. The first thing that Crusoe did when he found himself on a deserted island was to make out a list. On one side of the list he wrote down all his problems. On the other side of the list he wrote down all of his blessings. On one side he wrote: I do not have any clothes. On the other side he wrote: But it’s warm and I don’t really need any. On one side he wrote: All of the provisions were lost. On the other side he wrote: But there’s plenty of fresh fruit and water on the island. And on down the list he went. In this fashion he discovered that for every negative aspect about his situation, there was a positive aspect, something to be thankful for.
Are you on an island of despair? Perhaps it is time that you sit down and take an inventory of your blessings. I can well imagine that there are some on this day that are long, long overdue in expressing our thanks to God.
Like the Psalmist we should “Sing praise unto Jehovah, O ye saints of his, And give thanks to his holy memorial name… To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Jehovah my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever” (Psa. 30:4, 12). “I will give thee thanks in the great assembly: I will praise thee among much people” (Psa. 35:18).
Should we not count our blessings like David? “The king shall joy in thy strength, O Jehovah; And in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, And hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah. For thou meetest him with the blessings of goodness: Thou settest a crown of fine gold on his head. He asked life of thee, thou gavest it him, Even length of days for ever and ever. His glory is great in thy salvation: Honor and majesty dost thou lay upon him. For thou makest him most blessed for ever: Thou makest him glad with joy in thy presence” (Psa. 21:1-6).
Take an inventory of your blessings today and watch your worries fade away. Be thankful!