I recently read an intriguing story of a wealthy man named William Randolph Hearst. The late Mr. Hearst enjoyed collecting rare artifacts and expensive paintings. His mansion in northern California has been a testament to his thirst for unique items and houses a rare and beautiful display. On one occasion, Mr. Hearst heard some artistic treasures. He was determined to find and own the coveted pieces. He hired an agent to travel abroad in search of the artifacts. The agent was instructed to purchase and bring home the items. After months of searching, he finally located the coveted pieces. The objects were found in William Hearst’s warehouse. Mr. Hearst had been willing to spend more without realizing what he had.
Sometimes, I can forget my blessings.
Do you ever wish for another item to add to your stockpile? Have you convinced yourself you need something when the thing is ‘want’ and not a ‘need’? Do you sometimes forget what you have? I do!
It is good to remind ourselves of what we possess. When we remember our blessings, we will feel very rich indeed. My most treasured gifts are not items purchased with money. For me, a Godly heritage, a hunk of a married man who loves me regardless, freedom to chase dreams, children who are following the Lord and grand-baby girls who enjoy being with me are my priceless possessions. What about you?
Pause and take inventory for even on the most difficult of days, there are blessings be recognized. An old Persian proverb reads, “I cried for shoes until I met a man with no feet.”
I challenge you today to thank the Lord for three things in your life. I do not know what you have, but I do know you can rise each morning, knowing God has given you everything you need to accomplish His will.
“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34 (NIV)
Source: Illustrations for Biblical Preaching by Michael Green