January 19, 2018 Infinite Blessings

Louis CK | Everything is Awesome

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TviGil-U2HE

[14:34] And He gives you all kinds of things that you implore Him for. If you count GOD's blessings, you can never encompass them. Indeed, the human being is transgressing, unappreciative. 

[16:18] If you count GOD's blessings, you cannot possibly encompass them. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

If we try to count all the blessings that God has provided us just for a single day there is no way we can wrap our heads around so many 

There are blessings that we can fathom and ones that we cannot even grasp

Site, sound, touch, smell, taste

We think we have only five senses but we have so many more

  • being able to feel pain
  • being able to feel heat/cold
  • being able to tell up from down (vertigo)
  • Being able to tell acceleration
  • Knowing where your limbs are proprioception
  • Being able to sense the passing of time 

But for us this is all normal so we forget 

When you woke up this morning did you thank God when you took your first breath and life was resurrected back into your body

That during night time your body was immobile –

Mike Biglia - Acts out his dreams

Story of a professor whose body will randomly go immobile as if he is sleeping though he is a awake.

When you opened your eyes and you first sensed light and awareness 

Did you know we can see 7 million different colors 

you saw the faces of your loved ones and were able to recognize them

Prosopagnosia– face blindness 

I am talking with you and are you in astonishment in the process that is taking place? 

Your heart beats 115,200 times per day

All day your lungs will be breathing pulling in oxygen and energy to your body

16 hours of your day your eyes will process all the things that you see in the world

your legs will walk thousands of steps

When you went to the fridge and you grabbed breakfast 

  • Milk
  • Cereal
  • Apple
  • Eggs

Microwave or stove 

That your stomach and intestines can operate and extract the nutrients you need without any willpower on your part

Maybe you took a shower and in a few seconds you have fresh clean water at the perfect temperature for you 

Then you got into your car where you can adjust the temperature and travel faster than you could ever on your feet without breaking a sweat 

That you live in a world with laws and human rights that you are not fleeing from the lion or tiger struggling to survive 

I am pushing air through my lungs and vibrating this air as it is passing my throat to sounds that are bouncing off the hairs in your ears that is vibrating your ear drums then translating those vibrations to an electrical signal that is being sent and deciphered in your brain to language and a message 

Habituation 

  • Can you smell your nose?
  • Can you see your nose?
  • Can you feel the ground beneath your feet?

We get used to all the infinite blessings that God has given us 

Remember you did nothing to deserve any of these blessings…

We remember God when we lose it... 

Job 38:4-7New Life Version (NLV)

Where were you when I began building the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who decided how big it was to be, since you know? Who looked to see if it was as big as it should be? What was it built upon? Who laid its first stone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God called out for joy? 

Old Man And His Eyes

A man reached 75 years of age and started having problems with his eyes. He could not see. He went to the hospital and he was diagnosed, and the doctors informed him that he was in need of an operation otherwise he would never be able to see again. He agreed to have the operation done as he truly missed being able to see like he used to. When the operation was completed, his doctor gave him the bill which covered all the costs. 

The old man looked at the bill and started to cry. Upon seeing this, the doctor told him that if the cost was too high then they could make some other arrangements. The old man said “I am not crying because of the money but I am crying because God let me see without any problems for 75 years and He never sent me a bill.”

We are more blessed in history than ever before yet we are more miserable

Happiness = expectations - reality 

Set the right expectations you have everything and deserve nothing

  • Person at the gym who was recovering from a bone infection

The angels said send them all to Hell 

  • Let’s say I give you $1M then take $500k back 
  • versus I just give you $500k 

Think of the movie you had low expectations for - 

Why are movies on planes so much better  

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment 

  • Everything you have is a gift

Be in a state of awe 

Earth is spinning 1000mph

Earth is rotating around the sun at 67,000 mph

Sun is moving at 72,000mph

Milkyway Galaxy is moving through space at 1.3M mph

Earth is 7,915mi diameter

~25mi is the thickness of the earth’s crust 

Equivalent of the skin of an apple compared to the fruit 

Under the 25mi is molten rock - a sea of lava - at 4000 degrees Celcius  

On this thin crust of the earth you put a piece of dead wood into the ground add some water and sunlight and out comes delicious fruits and vegetables 

Have you thought of that out of dirt comes an apple, orange or watermelon 

We have been conditioned that this is all NORMAL

There is nothing normal about this 

Tailwind / Headwind asymmetry

Underestimate how much of your success is luck (God’s blessing)  

Grandma walking with child who gets swept in by water - he was also wearing a hat

[2:61] Recall that you said, "O Moses, we can no longer tolerate one kind of food. Call upon your Lord to produce for us such earthly crops as beans, cucumbers, garlic, lentils, and onions." He said, "Do you wish to substitute that which is inferior for that which is good? Go down to Egypt, where you can find what you asked for." They have incurred condemnation, humiliation, and disgrace, and brought upon themselves wrath from GOD. This is because they rejected GOD's revelations, and killed the prophets unjustly. This is because they disobeyed and transgressed.

How do you use God’s provisions?