Publisher: Count your blessings
By Brian Whitmore
With Thanksgiving in the rearview and Christmas just ahead, it’s a perfect time to reflect on how the Lord has provided in our lives.
It’s important that we count our blessings often, every day. Despite the hardships of this life, we are blessed beyond measure.
Blessings counted, as they came to mind:
1. The relationship.
My Savior, Jesus Christ walks with me and carries me through life. He protects me from those who seek to do me harm. He sustains me by his favor.
2. My family.
Jane is my best friend and the love of my life.
Lydia is a miracle, sent by God. Her blue eyes and smile brighten up the darkest day.
3. A job.
I consider it an honor to be The Chronicle’s publisher. I’m also thankful for my wife’s job as a medical coder.
4. My church.
First Baptist Clinton is a loving fellowship. Love God and love people — that’s what life is all about. Christianity is not as complicated as many of us try to make it.
I am a slave to Christ and no man.
6. My health.
As Toby Keith said, “I’m not as good as I once was, but I’m as good once as I ever was.”
7. My home.
It’s modest, but a castle to me. The dirt my house sits upon means something. My mother, Nellie Ann, gave us the land to build on — more than we could ever afford on our own.
8. Good food. I like to eat, too much. Shrimp, bacon cheeseburgers and fried chicken are my favorite foods.
9. Clean water. Thanks LCWSC.
10. A great school.
Lydia is getting an excellent education at Eastside Elementary.
I live in the woods and prefer it that way. I enjoy kayaking, with three lakes and three rivers within 16 miles of my home. I get plenty of clean air and sunlight in the country.
I love most genres, with a particular affinity for classic country and contemporary Christian. My favorite artist — Tom Petty.
13. Man’s best friend.
My dog, Kaz, is a Bichon and my lap dog. He’s a good dog, even when he forgets to use the bathroom outside. Love him. OK, I love the cat too.
14. Transportation. I’m a Ford man, even when my truck strands me on the side of the road (happened last week). We’ve got two vehicles and that’s a blessing.
15. Clothing. According to Belk, I have “Modern Southern Style.”
16. Setbacks. What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.
17. Life. Good or bad, every breath is a gift.
18. Kindness. A kind word goes a long way to making someone’s day.
19. Friends. People outside my immediate family do care about me.
20. Utilities (Electricity, Internet) Not just a luxury, but now a necessity. Thanks Laurens Electric and PRTC.
I could go on, but space is limited. Most of all, thank you Jesus for all of the above.
Brian Whitmore is the publisher of The Chronicle. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Chronicle. Whitmore can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.