Today’s Scripture: Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. PsalmĀ 68:19

A little over a year ago, Typhoon Yolanda struck the Philippines. One pastor there lost his wife, his four children and entire congregation. No one ever found their bodies even after the wreckage was cleared from the massive disaster. He never even got to say goodbye. Most would assume this pastor must be one of the most burdened, unhappy individuals alive. But, this is not the case.

This pastor is still serving, still seeking to reach people for Christ. Despite all he has lost, he is still grateful for what he does have-his salvation. As impossible as this may seem, for the believer it is possible. Even when we lose it all, we still have the Lord. Our lives have a salvation, a purpose, and a Savior’s love that can never be torn from us. Yet, how many of us neglect to be thankful for what we have?

Even when you think you don’t have anything to be thankful for, you really do. Chances are if you are reading this devotional, you have a computer, I-pad, or smart-phone. You most likely own a car, live in a house or apartment and have food to eat each day. More importantly, you have probably already trusted Christ and possess eternal salvation. When we think about it, we really are so blessed.

Rather than just counting all those blessings, let’s make it a goal this year to make those blessings count. Go reach the lost at your workplace or in your neighborhood. Make it a point to help fellow Christians who need encouragement and to lift up those who are hurting in prayer. Make those blessings count no matter how many or few you have. Remember that pastor in the Philippines. He didn’t have much left, but what he did have, he used for God’s glory. Not only should you pray for him, but you should also learn from him. He would praise the Lord if he knew his trial helped you draw closer to the Lord today.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder