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How High Can You Count?

Author: Lori Carter

Old Town, Missouri

Old Town, Missouri


“Sometimes we are so busy adding up our troubles that we forget to count our blessings” Psalm 77:11-12 I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all the work, and talk of thy doings. (God’s Little Devotional Book – Honor Books – 1995)

What do you keep track of in your life? Sure there are the finances, bills to be paid, food to be bought, utilities, car payments, Internet and the like. Then there are the material items to keep track of like how many cars you own, how many TV’s that actually work, how many pairs of shoes or how many coats.

We often go through each month of the year looking at what has worn out and needs to be replaced. We then have to look at the options for replacing that item. Do we want to go with the most current, top of the line, more expensive item or do we want to go with what really fits our budget.

I have noticed over the last 10-15 years the increase in the way our society changes each day; new technologies, new inventions, new breakthroughs in medical procedures, new designs in clothes, shoes, cars, kitchen appliances and the like. Every day there is something new and improved that is pushed at the people in advertisements. Everyone feels pressured to keep up with their friends, family, neighbors or co-workers.

Our children and grandchildren are being raised with material values. They have to have the newest video game. It also has to be downloadable to their new cell phone with all the new applications and graphics that are available. They have to have the latest tablet or I-pad so they can text their friends while walking down the street instead of using their imagination and actually finding physical activities they and their friends can do together.

It is not just the children, but teens, young adults, and adults who are always spending money to keep up with the latest in everything because it would be just too disastrous if we didn’t have the same things everyone else is buying. Let’s put off the house payment another week so we can get those new I-pads, let’s cut back on a few of the groceries so the kids can have those Nike’s like the boy next door has.

It goes on and on and society often feels that their troubles are compounded by not being able to buy everything those big corporations and advertisements insist that they need. Soon they feel like they have this heavy burden on their shoulders and so many troubles arising each month that they feel they will never feel free again.

Priorities have changed and just being able to afford the basics doesn’t seem to be enough. Your oldest son wants a new tattoo because his friend just got one, or your daughter, who already has her ears pierced, wants to get her lip pierced also because her best friend did, and your best friend wants you to join her health club because it is the best in town. The list just gets longer.

It is a sorry mess when people become so involved in the society’s pressures that they forget where everything actually comes from. Nothing is this world would exist if God did not allow people to come up with the ideas for new inventions, new remedies, new technology. He can stop everything from existing in a split second.

A large portion of society needs to step back and get realistic. Instead of counting what they consider their troubles, it is a better idea to count the blessings first. Everything else is secondary. People forget that. They forget where everything originates. God

If you woke up this morning and were able to get out of bed, what a blessing that is. Do you have a roof over your head, enough money to pay the necessary bills and food in your cabinet? There are three more big blessings. You get the drift of what I’m saying don’t you. See how high you can count when you forget the troubles for a while and start your day by counting the true blessings in your life.

Remember, for every problem you think you have, for every crisis you go through, there is always someone out there that is going through so much more than you are. Lessons are to be learned in every level of your life, and if you keep your faith in Christ, then the father will turn every sorrow into rejoicing according to his will, and his will is always perfect.



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