Daniel Defoe gave some good advice through his fictitious character Robinson Crusoe. The first thing Crusoe did when he found himself of a deserted island was to make out a list. On one side of the list he wrote down all his problems. On the other side of the list he wrote down all of his blessings.
On one side he wrote: I do not have any clothes. On the other side he wrote: But it's warm and I don't really need any.
On one side he wrote: All of the provisions were lost. On the other side he wrote: But there's plenty of fresh fruit and water on the island.
And on down the list he went. In this fashion he discovered that for every negative aspect about his situation, there was a positive aspect, something to be thankful for.
Are you on an island of despair? Perhaps it is time to sit down and take an inventory of your blessings. Some of us may be long overdue in expressing our thanks to God.
Under all circumstances, we can say with the Psalmist: "Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness ... To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee forever" (Psalm 30:4,12)
Under all circumstances, we can resolve to, "...give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people" (Psalm 35:18)
Under all circumstances, we can count our blessings like David. "The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!... For thou hast made him most blessed forever. Thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance." (Psalm 21:1,6)
Take an inventory of your blessings today and watch your worries fade away.