Count Your Blessings

I remember once meeting someone who – when I asked how they were doing – loudly answered, “Oh I am blessed and HIGHLY favored!”  I thought that was interesting and it made me think.  While I’m not questioning this lady’s heart nor will I go into any kind of theological debate, I will say that some people recognize the blessings in their lives while some say these things with an expectation of some DOPE stuff that God owes them.  Honestly, if God wanted to give us all a huge bag of gold and a Bentley, the promise of Heaven wouldn’t hold much weight, would it?  Anyhow, I digress…back to blessings.  I think sometimes our society as a whole has the idea of “being blessed” altogether wrong.  And I’m included in that number a lot of the time.  We think blessings mean no bills, money in the bank, a 5-star meal, and a nice car.  And yes, those things are blessings.  But what I’ve learned lately is that if you woke up this morning, God’s blessed you.  Simple as that.  So go make the best of it.

Sometimes it’s really easy for us to get caught up in life that we forget to be thankful for those blessings that we have everyday.  A home, food, family, friends, oxygen, health, all fit into those category.  For me this is the best reminder of my blessings:

NolanHeartHat

Look at that kid.  How cute.  The mere FACT that he is here with us is a major blessing.  A major blessing.  This morning I held Nolan on my lap and was making him laugh and it reminded me of those two months where he had a breathing tube in him…he couldn’t cry, he couldn’t laugh…he couldn’t make a sound.  And there were moments where I was honestly scared that I would never see my son again.  But here he is.  BLESSING.

Yes, the bills sometimes seem astronomical and the bank account seems small, yes things break and annoy you at home, yes sometimes you feel so tired from your week that you beat yourself up over not spending enough time with your family…but that doesn’t mean the blessings are gone.  You just need to open your eyes.  Every time that kid smiles, every time that kid laughs, I’m reminded of just how much I am blessed.  I realize not all heart parents are so fortunate.  I can’t imagine how difficult that is.  Sometimes it’s easy to be frustrated that Nolan doesn’t eat by mouth or that he doesn’t walk or crawl yet.  But he’s here.  When you look at it that way, things aren’t so bad.  So I encourage you, take a step back and see your real blessings.  You’ll be blown away.  Sometimes those challenges in your life are put there to change your perspective on blessings.  You don’t have to go claiming them in order for them to just magically appear…they just might already be there and you just aren’t looking.

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About Chris Perez

My name is Chris aka HLHS Dad: I’m married with 3 sons. I love photography and the New York Yankees. I’m an admitted pizza snob and amateur balloon animal maker. Every now and then you can catch me being serious…but most of the time I’m quoting random commercials or lines from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

Posted on March 6, 2014, in thankfulness and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi, Chris! So I’m not a dad… I’m Irene…blessed HLHS MOM to 16 year old Dimitri Liapis!! and thankful that you and your wife are celebrating adorable NOLAN – on good days and not so good days! Reading your blog brings back memories for us about our son that we thought were so tucked away in our brain. In reality, they are not so tucked away after all! Without writing a novel…I’ll leave you with a few thoughts until we can chat… 1) God has placed Nolan and your other sons in your care for a reason – in Nolan’s short life, you have already given so much attention to CHD in such a positive way! 2) Life is Good – with this challenge, you see the fragileness of life that exists. Most people who haven’t experienced a critical illness with a child may not realize the fragility of life. We appreciate the uncertainty and try to make the most of each day! 3) ALWAYS ALWAYS have HOPE! Dimitri completed his three surgeries before age four and we haven’t looked back! We know that God is two steps ahead of ours in this journey. Believe that He is there for Nolan too!! Best Regards, Irene

    • Hi Irene!
      Thanks for visiting the blog and for sharing those kind words. I am hoping that Dimitri is doing awesome as well 🙂
      Chris

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