Count your blessings

A king who had all the wealth, pomp and glory was not happy and so asked a sage, “How can I be happy?” The sage answered: “Find the happiest man in your kingdom and wear his shirt.”

The king then sent his soldiers all across the kingdom to find the happiest man. They finally found a man lying down on a park bench whistling in joy. They asked if he was happy.

The man said: “I am happy and content because I commit each day of mine in the hands of God.”  They brought him to the king and to the shock and surprise of the king, the man was shirtless.

The king then understood the message of the sage: “Happiness does not come from possessions and power, but a complete trust in God.”

In the words of Democritus: “The happy man is he who is cheerful with moderate means, the unhappy is he who is discontented in the midst of plenty.”

Jesus had called people to him with his disciples and said to them: “For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36)
There is an interesting story of a young man who once found a five-dollar bill on the street. From that time on, he never lifted his eyes off the ground intending to find more dollars.

In the months that went by he only accumulated twenty nine thousand five hundred and sixteen buttons, fifty four thousand four hundred and seventy two pins, twelve cents, a bent back, and a miserable show of disappointment on his face.  He had lost the joy of life.  He lost the beautiful sight of the sunrise and sunset, the sheen of the stars, the blossoming of flowers and the smiles of his friends – all because he focused on the things of the world.

In the story of Abraham, the Lord had said to Abraham: “Go out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you:  And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing” (Genesis 12:1-2). Abraham was blessed with prosperity beyond his imagination, because he never focused on the material things on earth.”  
So look towards God, and count your blessings day by day.

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