Psalm 136 - done responsively
"90 Minutes - 90 Blessings"
CVC Thanksgiving Chapel
Does His love really endure forever? And, do we really believe it? Or, is it just a phrase we say without meaning it?
To help you see God's love I want you to count your blessings. I want to tell you in this Thanksgiving Chapel that I tried to count my blessings this past week and I lost count.
The title of my talk this morning is "90 Minutes - 90 Blessings." I want to take you through the first 90 minutes of my day. And, I want the kids in first and second grade to count the blessings out loud. GET FIRST AND SECOND GRADE TO COUNT ...
1. I wake up. I could have died during the night. But God has given me another day to praise Him and live for Him.
2. I wake up in bed. A comfortable bed. With a Serta mattress and a headboard and some kind of posts on the corner.
3. I stretch. My toes still wiggle. My arms still flex.
4. I open my eyes. I can still see and I only need glasses for reading.
5. I pray. "Be with me today, Lord. Help me get my work done. Bless my wife and my sons." What a blessing – to talk to God in prayer.
6. I sit up and swing my legs out of bed. I feel carpet under my feet. Not dirt. Not cold cement.
7. The digital clock says 5:55 AM. My day is only 30 seconds old and I already have encountered 7 blessings.
8. I feel my bladder. I don't need diapers. I don't need dialysis.
9. I don't have to use a hole in the ground – like I experienced in Asia. In my bathroom is a nice, white, porcelain toilet.
10. I fill the sink with hot water. I have a choice of hot or cold or somewhere in between. I wash the sleepers out of my eyes.
11. I grab a soft, fluffy towel. No rag. No paper towel.
12. I take out the shaving cream. I don't use soap like I had to use in Asia.
13. I also take out a new razor blade. I don't have to use the straight edge my dad used when I was a kid. Mine is a Gillette with 3 blades for an extra comfortable and smooth shave. Just like the ad says, I make my face nice and smooth and whisker free without a single cut.
14. I brush my teeth. I still have all my teeth.
15. I use a toothbrush. Mine is a sonic-care with battery power.
16. I also use toothpaste. My breath is winter-fresh and sweet smelling.
17. I put on shorts for exercising. I have at least 4 pairs to choose from.
18. I pull on a t-shirt. I can't count the number of t-shirts in my drawer.
19. I put on running shoes. Nikes. On sale at Costco.
20. I stretch. I am still able to reach my toes.
21. I turn on the TV.
22. There is bad news about riots in France and deaths in Iraq. But I am safe and sound in Visalia.
23. I have DirecTV. Isn't it amazing that I can pluck a signal from outer space and display it on my TV?
24. Because of TiVo I can record any program and play it without having to watch the commercials.
25. I quick turn on the computer.
26. It has a flat panel monitor.
27. I also have a high-speed internet connection.
28. It is on a roll-top desk.
29. I start my exercises. Pull ups. Sit ups. Row on the rowing machine. Push ups. Followed by a run. I've been up for an one hour and ten minutes. My body and body parts still work. I wonder how many blessings I have overlooked.
30. As I run I see the sunrise. Gorgeous.
31. I also see the mountains – so majestic.
32. I pick up the newspaper on the way into the house.
33. I can read – the paper and my bible.
34. I am sweaty and hot. Now is a good time to hug and kiss my wife. She wrinkles her nose at me and says I smell. But she loves me anyway.
35. A shower. With hot water.
38. I use a big fluffy towel to dry myself.
39. I don't have to put on makeup.
40. I don't have to waste time combing my hair. You know what the Bible says – some heads are made beautiful and the rest come covered with hair.
41. I get dressed. I am able to dress myself. Unless my wife doesn't like what I put together.
42. My dresser is filled with choices: Socks.
47. Breakfast time. I open the pantry. Do I want cereal? Three or four different kinds. Or oatmeal. Or Cream of Wheat.
48. I look in the freezer. English muffins. Bagels. Some kind of breakfast sandwich meant for my son and not for me but sometimes I sneak one anyway.
49. The bread box has white and brown bread.
50. The refrigerator has juice, milk, bacon, ham slices, cheese, eggs.
51. I decide on Cream of Wheat. I measure out 1 cup of milk.
52. 3 tablespoons of the mix.
53. A dash of salt.
54. I pour it all into a mixing bowl.
55. Into the microwave it goes.
56. My wife glares at me. So I quick grab a paper towel and put in on top. She smiles. After 30 years of marriage I am finally catching on.
57. The microwave bell rings. I open the dish cupboard and pull out a bowl.
58. I grab a spoon.
59. I put a dab of butter on the top.
60. I find the golden corn syrup I grew up with and pour it on top.
61. My wife asks me if I want to add a dash of cinnamon.
62. The cream of wheat warms me all the way down.
63. I brush my teeth again.
64. I grab my wallet. It has cash.
65. And credit cards.
66. I pass through the laundry room. My wifey kisses me as she loads the washer with clothes.
67. She pours in the detergent.
68. A couple of spots on my pants need to be pre-treated.
69. A sheet gets thrown into the dryer to make everything smell good and come out wrinkle free.
70. I shut the door on the security panel.
71. I go into the garage filled with stuff:
72. Chevrolet Trail Blazer.
73. Honda Civic.
74. Chevy 2500 pickup.
75. Upright Freezer filled with meat and stuff.
76. Lawn Mower.
78. Leaf blower.
80. Power Washer.
81. Power Tools.
83. My bike. I wonder if I will get time for a bike ride today.
84. Garage door opener – which I press.
85. I back out the car and wave at a neighbor. A good and friendly neighbor.
86. I notice my oak tree is starting to drop leaves.
87. The automatic sprinkler system comes on.
88. The lawn sure looks nice.
89. The sky is blue.
90. I am off to work – doing a job I love with people I love.
I've been up for 90 minutes and have experienced at least 90 blessings already. And, I experience these kinds of blessings every single day. Does His love endure forever. You bet it does!
I challenge you to do something like this when you get up tomorrow. Count your blessings for the first 10 or 15 or 20 minutes – if you can – and you will be amazed. "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever."