I have always taught God’s people to be meticulous about their acts of thanksgiving. Most times, people have a list of prayer requests for the year and tick them to know which is left. How about having a list of “Thanksgiving Points”? Like someone rightly put it, “if we forget our problems the way we forget our blessings, we would be a lot happier than we are.”

Friend, learn to count your blessings. This is one of the wisest things you can do as this year wraps up. The truth is, you need peace. You need rest. You need to cease from your labours and agitation. You need to regain confidence in God (Philippians 4:6-7). You cannot afford to enter into the new year with anxieties.

A lot of stuff that count cannot really be counted. While a lot of things people count don’t really count. Most times, we count what does not count and we fail to count what counts. You need to count your blessings, no matter how little, because they count. What you count is what counts in your life.

Can you just take a break and count your blessings this year? Listen, the outgoing year may not be as bad as you think. Don’t let #Covid-19 colour the year for you. A lot of positives happened aside the pandemic. Stop counting the negatives, start counting the positives. Forgetfulness is a sin with God. We are admonished to forget not His benefits (Psalms 103:1).

It is because we are quick to forget that we are admonished to forget not. Most times, people get used to their new levels of blessings that they forget how it was when they were still struggling (Deuteronomy 8:10-17). This is why “…you must remember the Lord your God for it is He that gives you the power to get wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:18).

Counting your blessings must be intentionally done. Like the Psalmist, list out those “benefits” that you have had in God this year. Your sins were forgiven, sicknesses healed, deliverances given etc.; you can form your own list (Psalms 103:1-5). This is how to end the year on a note of peace and how to stay in faith for an amazing new year. Count your blessings, not your problems.

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria