Old man Woodruff loved golf, but his age was making it increasingly difficult for him to play. He complained to the clubhouse man about his eyesight. "I can't play with my glasses on because they keep falling off," he said. "And I'm too nearsighted to play without them.""Why don't you play with Hughes?" the clubhouse man suggested."Him?" Woodruff scoffed. "He's ninety-eight if he's a day, and he can't get around without a wheelchair!""True," said the clubhouse man, "but he's farsighted." So the next day, Woodruff and Hughes played together.Woodruff took a tremendous swing and hit the ball well. "Boy, that felt good!" he exclaimed. "Did you see it?" he asked Hughes."Yes," the very old man replied."Where did it go?""I can't remember," Hughes sighed.
In real life, we know that being blind and being forgetful are both very difficult challenges. Yet forgetfulness, when it is truly a disease, is heartbreaking. So which do you suppose is worse spiritually — those in the world who are blind to the fact that God has provided them with so many good things, or those of us who "see" that, but forget to express our appreciation to God?
Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things ... (Psalm 103:1-5a)
As we are surrounded by so many reminders of God's goodness to us, may we not only have our eyes open to recognize all of his blessings, but also remember to express our appreciation.