Post Mortem

Counting my blessings

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/7/2019 12:15:19 PM IST

 When I think casually of what I do possess or own that will cause me to give thanks, to be grateful, nothing much really came to mind.

Now when I took time out to ponder on it, I find there are many things that had simply skipped my mind or just had not registered. There are, in fact, many, many things for which I need to express gratefulness for! I have taken plenty for granted, this shouldn’t be the case. Now that I am aware of how fortunate I have been and am, I will be ever mindful of this good precious life and will give thanks daily to my living God.
There are many things that are so ordinary, so common that they have been taken for granted. Pondering on them convinced me that they should not be so taken.
My Blessings: “Health is wealth” - I have heard this since I was in my early teens but it didn’t register or make any impression on me. The truth of this saying was finally realized when I myself walked past the half century mark. At this stage of life it finally dawned on me that I did not have the same strength and agility I used to possess in my younger years. Seeing my contemporaries and those older than myself struck down by illnesses and sicknesses confirmed the truth of this phrase. Health is really wealth if not more than wealth, you may be the richest person in the world but if your health is feeble you won’t be able to enjoy what your wealth can get you, this is a fact.
Family - Having a partner who is a self-sacrificing wife and mother is a great gift to any man and I am one of those blessed man (Cf. Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies; Ps. 128:3 Thy wife [shall be] as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table; Prov 5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.. ). Usually a man and wife spend more than half of their life-spans with each other. Pity is a man who has to spend half a life time stuck with a nagging, demanding and self-centered woman. Just imagine what a living hell that is. I thank God always for giving me a wonderful wife.
Having children (Ps 127:3 – 5 Lo, children [are] an heritage of the Lord: [and] the fruit of the womb [is his] reward.As arrows [are] in the hand of a mighty man; so [are] children of the youth. Happy [is] the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate) can be a great source of happiness or it can be just a severe source of pain and suffering for the parents. Though I have my ups and downs with my children, they have never been a source of severe pain and suffering for me. This I count as a blessing having seen what many unfortunate parents had gone through.
Friends: If I have lived to this age and cannot claim to have some good friends then I could not consider to have lived a very meaningful life. Fortunately there are a few of them openly professed to be my friends, to them I want to say I consider this one of the blessings in my life. I would like to thank them for this privilege. To have their respect I am most honored and I treasure my friendship with them. Words could not adequately express my appreciation of their concerns and love.
Extended family members: My genogram (family lineage) indicates large family throughout. And I happen to marry a wife from much larger family members (eleven siblings from my wife side and eight siblings from my family). And so I have a vast extended family. There are more than three hundred extended family members being added to my life.I have learnt that if ever two persons were to meet then there must be affinity between them. To be able to become family members this must be even more so. I treasure the synergy generated when there is problems confronting any member of the family. The gaiety and merriment that flow out of any happy gatherings is something to be experienced to be appreciated. I enjoy all these. Of course with more people in the family there bound to have its squabbles and frictions but in the end the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. The support, concern and closeness when these relatives close ranks are what I appreciate most.
A house to live in: Television and internet has shrunk the world, what is happening in one part of the worldcan be instantaneously seen in all the other parts of the world. We now know that there are many in many parts of the world who do not have a roof over their heads. Many others are without them, either they cannot afford them, or the environment and circumstances deprive them of the opportunities. I see them as blessings given me, I count myself bountifullyblessed not having deprived of a roof in all my years of existence.
Good life: Many of us are fortunate ones have never experienced empty stomachs or have to go without clothes to shield us from the cold. We not only have ample food, we also have nutritious foods, and just in case we do not have a balanced diet we have vitamin supplements. We not only have clothes, we have expensive and stylish clothes. Many children, men and women go about without shoes, we not only have shoes, we can choose what color of shoes we would wear each day, our toddlers go about in branded-shoes. I have learnt never to abuse this privilege. I will be mindful of my blessings.
No financial obligations/burdens: Such financial obligations and burdens have destroyed many men who have to shoulder them. The hardships caused by them have broken the spirits of even the hardiest of men. Circumstances and unpredictable phenomenon have conspired to bring them sorrows and pain but they have conspired to bring men like me peace of mind and ease of life. I am truly blessed.
Freedom: Those of us who have always enjoy the freedom to move about, to do what we like, practice what we believe have often taken these as our natural rights. Hardly am I aware these are not natural to me, that they are not part of my DNA. Many things come together to bring about the flowering of this freedom, so this should definitely be considered as one of the blessings that have been bestowed on me. I am grateful to be living in a country of freedom, being able to travel around the world for several times over, having privilege to be able to live in many countries – some for a month and years together in some.
Comforts of life: I once own several vehicles which I used to travel about whereas many people in many other parts of the world and even in my own country have to move about on foot. I own a beautiful house, several acres of land, a big space of land in a city, worth enough to be called luxury by my home-city standard, two ponds near my house, a kitchen garden and not only have clean water to drink, I also have hot water facilities to make myself hot drinks. I have computers and lap-tops, mobile phone, television set, Photostat copier machine, washing machine and clothe drying machine and other modern facilities and amenities that create a comfortable and pleasant life for me and my family. Millions of our fellow beings out there are scavenging for their very existence every day. Am I not blessed?
Peace of mind: Many men and women have troubled minds. They find their lives directionless and empty. I am blessed to have found my spiritual direction in Jesus Christ and the Bible my daily guide. My mind is peaceful and I am contented. This is really priceless. This is wealth, this is health!
What I had: Time tends to obscure many things from our past from even ourselves. Pondering on gratefulness allows many of the blessings which I have forgotten to surface:-
Parents: I had a wonderful pair of loving parents who served both as Spiritual leaders in our village church for several decades, provided love and who made sacrifices for me and my siblings. They were the one who instill the right values in us. These values provided the foundations that built traits and characters in me that steered me into the path, the direction I have embarked on. The strengths and resilience that allow me to navigate thus far come from all this.
(To be concluded)
Rev. Dr. L. Tsanso, 
pastor Pongidong village 

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