Thursday, February 26, 2009

Be thankful for the blessings

How many of us are grateful for the things we have? We always keep complaining for more. Complaining is the opposite of being thankful. We would realise the abundance bestowed on us if only we are able to observe calmly how better off we are than most in the world. Yet we are averse to reflect on our blessings but compare ourselves with a few whom we perceive as better off. Being thankful is not only for the things given us but also for the things not given. A pink slip, an acute ailment, a sad bereavement of a dear one, a victim of natural disaster and many such could have made our lives miserable.. Just ponder a little to know how much we have been blessed in life by God. "For what I have received may the Lord make me truly thankful? And more truly for what I have not received." -Storm Jameson

We must be thankful for being able to hear when many are deaf, for the vision when countless are blind, for being able to walk and move about healthily when many are bedridden, for having a loving family of wife and children when many are lonely and desolate, for being able to eat well sumptuously three times a day when millions go hungry without a meal, for the job or employment that pays us well when many are jobless and for the roof over our heads when many lie in open space exposed to vagaries of nature. It is in countless ways that we have to be grateful to the Almighty and thank Him for keeping us in circumstances that are not so harsh and modest. Instead, when we have been given so much, we crave greedily for more and pray to Him foolishly asking for more. He knows what is apt for us.
We fail to see that He would shower more of his grace if only we are compassionate and kind to the needy by sharing a part of what we have already got. It is in giving, the key to receiving more lies. That is the mantra. We should always be thankful to God for keeping us in a position to help others. Let us end the night offering thanks for the kind acts we did during the day. Let us be thankful for every opportunity given to us to be of help to someone needy. We should be happy in life with our present lot. All things we have and the things we do not have are all God’s blessings. Our not possessing certain things and experiences are determined by Him for our good

When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself."


  1. Nice post! Yeah my mom always taught me the same thing -that is to be thankful to god for what we are today. Leading a normal life and having shelter, food, good health and other basic necessities itself is a blessing I think.

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