Count Your Blessings

I was deeply touched by my daily reading from Didache today which was written by George Tolentino Gabriel (george.svp@gmail.com) of the Light of Jesus Family. I’d like to share it with you:

A LEAK IN THE PIPES

Whoever earned wages earned them for a bag with holes in it. – Haggai 1:6

Our water bill usually amounts to P2,000. One month, to my mom’s surprise and shock, our bill skyrocketed to P51,000! There was a leak in the pipes under the house so no one noticed it. Good thing we were able to have it fixed right away.

There are many things that can act as leaks in our lives. Materialism can leak out hard-earned money we try to save. Anger can leak out love we receive from others. Sin leaks out the self-confidence and peace we have. And ingratitude can leak out the joy in our lives. As for me, there was a time when I allowed my negative attitude to leak out all the joy in my life. Blessings were flowing into my life, but I was focused on the things that went wrong, the things I wasn’t getting, the things others had which I didn’t. This resulted in my being sad, burdened and depressed. It cost me a lot of happiness.

One day, God fixed my leak. I saw a man lying on the sidewalk curled up in his torn-up T-shirt, shivering in the cold. I then realized that my problems are so small compared to his; he didn’t even have the basic necessities of life. I made the decision to stop focusing on the negative and to be grateful for all my blessings. When I put on that attitude of gratitude, joy started to fill up my heart once again.

Reflection: When was the last time you counted your blessings? Start again, now.

Thank You, Lord, for everything that I have.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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