Bella Vista Church of Christ



Randall Caselman


Count Your Many Blessings


  "The father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return home, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” “It was great, Dad.” “Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked. “Oh yeah," said the son. “So, tell me, what did you learn?” asked the father. 


  The son answered: 

• I saw that we have a dog and they had four. 

• We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. 

• We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. 

• Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. 

• We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. 

• We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. 

• We buy our food, but they grow theirs.

• We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.


  The boy's father was speechless. Then his son added, 'Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.'”


  Perspective is a wonderful thing! Makes us wonder what would happen if we gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have. Remember this, we are not defined by what we have, but by what we are, the content of our character and where we stand in relation to our Creator. As we reflect on the past and its blessings, may we appreciate every blessing God has given us, especially our friends and family...


"Count your many blessings,

Name them one-by-one.

Count your many blessing,

See what God has done."


  You see, life itself is a blessing, a gift, that we should cherish regardless of our circumstances at the moment. Circumstances are temporary and subject to change. So, it’s a serious mistake to define ourselves in terms of them.


  My association with you each week has both benefitted and humbled me. I’m learning how interdependent we are upon one another. Indeed, people are important, friends few, so cherish each one.


  Have a blessed God-filled day!