Georgia's governor last week put together a service on the grounds of the state Capitol last week for participants to pray for rain.
Dozens of state officials, clergy members and regular citizens joined Sonny Perdue in heavenly entreaties to break the state's worst drought in nearly two decades.
A day later, light, scattered showers fell across Georgia - for some areas, the first rain in a month.
So here's the question: How many of those people who assembled for that prayer service thought to follow up by giving thanks for the rain that later fell?
Probably not quite as many. They certainly didn't regroup on the Capitol steps to do so. The fact is, most of us are more comfortable rubbing the lamp than thanking the genie - which, unfortunately, is how far too many people seem to regard prayer.
Likewise, how many of us spend even a fraction of the time celebrating success that we spend complaining about problems?
Right here in Columbia County, for example, we have great schools, a smoothly functioning government that doesn't embarrass us, outstanding businesses and terrific cultural and recreational opportunities.
Yet what do we do? Gripe, gripe, gripe.
Is traffic sometimes bad? Of course it is; it's easier for 100 people to move into 100 homes than it is for the capacity of streets to keep up with their 200 cars. But our traffic is a smooth-running dream compared to major, gridlocked cities.
Are taxes high? Actually, no. While we'd always like to see more fiscal restraint, Columbia County's taxes compare very favorably to similarly sized areas. And new residents moving here from other areas of the country often are delighted at the amount of home, and relatively low taxes, they get for their investment here.
In fact, aside from a few personal complaints that anyone might have, Columbia County overall is a pretty good place to be.
We can, of course, pray for improvement, just as we can pray for rain. But we should also remember to take time to give thanks for what we already have.
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