You are {BLESSED}

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight" 
-Proverbs 3:5-6

If you are not alone, you are blessed.  

If you know love, you are blessed. 

If you woke up this morning, you are blessed. 

If you have food to eat, you are blessed.  

If you have a job, you are blessed. 

If you're in good health, you are blessed.  

If you can see, you are blessed.  

If you are clothed, you are blessed. 

If you have not experienced violence, you are blessed. 

If you have a family, you are blessed. 

If you drive a car, you are blessed. 

If you are:
a friend

you are blessed!

If you want to be rich, just count all the things that you have that money cannot buy
So many people take what they have for granted, whether it be that five dollars in your pocket or a roof over your head.  I realize that all of these have exceptions and that everyone has their own story of hardship to tell, but take a moment today to just be thankful for what you DO have instead of focusing on what you wish you had or wish you didn't have that you do.  Let's be positive today, and give thanks!

A few more 'simple' things to be thankful for: 

1. You live in Peace.  

If you read war time stories or have lived it, you will realize how terrible the situation is.  Lives are lost so easily.  Pain, suffering, and poverty are everywhere.  That we live in peace is a great blessing. 

2. You live in a hygienic environment. 

In the past, life expectancy was very low - it was only 20-35 years in most of the human history.  The main cause was not war but unhealthy environment (coupled with poor medical technologies).  Now, we have a far better environment to live in! 

3. You live in an age of medical breakthroughs. 

Besides having a better environment, we also have much better medical technologies.  Just a simple example: anesthetic.  Can you imagine going through surgery without it?!  That's how people did it for thousands of years. 

4. You have electricity.  

Having electricity is so simple that we forget how our lives would be without it.  Just take a moment to imagine it.  You will perhaps lose 90% of your conveniences if not for it. 

5. You can communicate in an instant. 

In the past, letters took months to arrive, if it did at all.  Now, you can send an email, text, or an instant message and have it delivered in seconds. 

6. You have abundant entertainment options. 

Even kings in the past didn't have a fraction of what we have now.  We have television, movies, and electronic games, just to name a few. 

7. You live in an age of instant knowledge transfer. 

You can learn anything you want instantly through the Internet.  In the past, people might have to travel thousands of miles to find the right libraries.  

8. You can travel quickly and conveniently. 

Your car is more convenient than past royal transport for one simple reason: shock absorbers.  And you can travel around the world in hours instead of months or years like Magellan and Columbus. 

Like I always say, it's the little things!

May today be filled with God's blessings, and may your eyes and heart be opened to even the smallest blessing that has been bestowed upon your life.  ♥

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