Every Wednesday, I’ll post about multiple intelligences so we can better understand children and why they do what they do.

Do you feel yourself reacting to different situations with your intelligences? The more you become familiar with them, the more this will probably happen. It’s even possible to choose what part of the brain to think with in any situation.

For example, when reacting with our logic-smartness, we may spontaneously count without thinking about it. Numbers are a natural for us.

On Sunday morning, in the context of the lesson in my small group at church, our leader mentioned the song “Count Your Blessings.” As soon as she mentioned it, I began to make a list of mine in my mind and I counted them. Are you doing that now? It was just a small prompt – it doesn’t take much to direct my mind! What about yours?

The song was written in 1897 by Johnson Oatman, Jr. (the lyrics) and Edwin Excell (the music) and is now in the public domain. It’s a keeper!

If music smart is one of your strengths and you’re familiar with the song, I predict you’ll sing and not read the lyrics. Here’s the first verse and the famous refrain:

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.


Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

1-Salvation through faith in God and trust in Christ, 2-God’s love, 3-God’s hope, 4-unconditional love from my brother and his family, 5-friends who support me, 6-friends who challenge me to become more like Christ, 7-a pastor who shepherds us well and teaches God’s Truth passionately, 8-meaningful ministry, 9-all-you-can-eat-ribs in the Stockyards, 10-sunshine and a breeze, 11-golf, ….

I could go on forever. What about you? If making the list was a natural for you, you used your word-smart strengths. If counting them was part of the task, it’s because of your logic-smart abilities. Did you sing your list somehow? That’s because you’re music smart.

Pay attention to how you respond to different experiences and encounters this week. Which intelligences are natural for you? Can you learn to use the other ones to enrich your life?

body – logic – music – nature – people – picture– self – word