Monday, September 30, 2019

Count Your Blessings

I love the old hymns; so many of them had such solid lyrics which left us both challenged and encouraged. Those old songs are wonderful parts of our faith tradition and are useful when handing down the faith; for example, look at chorus for the song, Count Your Blessings . . .

Count your blessings name them one by one. Count your blessings, see what God has done. Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings, see what God has done. 

One of the most important things we need to keep in mind as we hand down the faith is to teach our grandchildren to be people who keep their eyes open to see and remember the big and small things God does for them. We need to help them learn to take those things they see, remember them and be faithful about thanking God for the ways He blesses their lives and the lives of the ones they love. Just a quick look at the Book of Judges shows us how the people of Israel did not hand down the faith. They did not teach their children to watch for and remember what God did for them. When this happened, their children and grandchildren did not know or remember God and stopped following Him. Look at what Judges 2:10-13 says . . . 
After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what He had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. 
When we - and our children and grandchildren - do not know or remember what God does for us, and when we are not thankful for those blessings, it leads to situations where we are influenced by the world around us and we end up turning from God. Just a quick look at the world around us shows how this is happening today. But it does not have to. We are able to model what it looks like to watch for and thank God for the ways He blesses us and the ones we love. 

 If we want our children and grandchildren to love, know and walk with God, we have to help them learn to see and remember all God does for them and learn to be quick to thank Him for those things. 

Make plans to talk with your family this week about how God does wonderful things for us - big and small - all the time and take time to thank God together. Hand down the faith - and be focused upon helping your grandchildren learn to watch for, remember and be thankful for all God does for them!

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